No other land has captured man's imagination quite like Tibet. Hidden away behind the highest mountains on earth, and ruled over by a mysterious God-king, it was for centuries a land forbidden to all outsiders. In this remarkable and ultimately tragic narrative, Peter Hopkirk recounts the forcible opening up of this medieval Buddhist kingdom by inquisitive Western travellers during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and the race to reach Lhasa, Tibet's sacred capital. This epic, often harrowing tale, which ends with the Chinese invasion of 1950, draws on a colourful cast of gatecrashers from nine different countries. Among them were adventurous young officers on Great Game missions, explorers and mountaineers, mystics and missionaries. All took their lives in their hands, including three intrepid women. Some were never to return.
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Peter Hopkirk travelled widely in the regions where his six books are set: Central Asia, the Caucasus, China, Russia, India and Pakistan, Iran, and Eastern Turkey. He worked as an ITN reporter, the New York correspondent of the old Daily Express, and - for twenty years - on The Times. No stranger to misadventure, he was twice held in secret police cells and has was also hijacked by Arab terrorists. His works have been translated into many languages. All six of his books are available from John Murray: THE GREAT GAME, ON SECRET SERVICE EAST OF CONSTANTINOPLE, SETTING THE EAST ABLAZE, TRESPASSERS ON THE ROOF OF THE WORLD, FOREIGN DEVILS ON THE SILK ROAD and QUEST FOR KIM.Review:
'A marvellous book, well researched and beautifully written - a treat for armchair explorers everywhere' New Statesman 'As vivid and gripping as a John Buchan novel' Evening Standard
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Book Description JOHN MURRAY PUBLISHERS LTD. LONDON, 1982. 1ST EDITION. VERY GOOD HARDBACK WITH PROTECTIVE DUSTWRAP. 8 PLATES OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ILLUSTRATIONS, 2 FULL-PAGE MAPS AND ONE DOUBLE-PAGE MAP PRINTED ON GREEN STOCK. AN OVERVIEW OF THE ATTEMPTS BY NON-TIBETANS TO REACH LHASA BETWEEN 1865 AND THE CHINESE INVASION OF 1950, INCLUDING THE YOUNGHUSBAND EXPEDITION OF 1904-1905. Bookseller Inventory # 26047
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Book Description John Murray, London, 1982. Hard Cover. Book Condition: F. Dust Jacket Condition: VG+. First Edition. F/VG+-. 8vo. original cream textured paper boards gilt in dustwrapper (edges a trifle rubbed, spine lightly faded, as usual); pp. x, 274, with 27 plates & 3 maps. A near fine copy of the true first edition. This was the second book from this popular writer on Central Asian history and exploration. Bookseller Inventory # 010618