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The Worst Desert on Earth : Crossing the Taklamakan

Blackmore, Charles

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ISBN 10: 0719554365 / ISBN 13: 9780719554360
Published by John Murray, London, United Kingdom, 1995
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[xvii] 265pp. Black cloth w gilt title to spine in a dust-jacket just lightly bumped along top edge o/w fine. Illustrated in colour and black and white. Clean, tight and bright, a lovely copy. Bookseller Inventory # 059082

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Title: The Worst Desert on Earth : Crossing the ...

Publisher: John Murray, London, United Kingdom

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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Introduces Sir Aurel Stein and Sven Hedin, two men who attempted to cross the Taklamakan Desert in China, and gives the details of those journeys

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Taklamakan desert, near the Chinese-Tajikistan border, is known as the "desert of death." It is a bleak, uninhabited region with dunes rising to 1000 feet, blinding sandstorms, and punishing temperature extremes. Inhabitants of the villages that border the Taklamakan believe that those who enter the desert rarely come out alive. The Taklamakan's fearsome reputation made it all the more attractive to Blackmore, the intrepid Englishman who organized an unprecedented 780-mile, west-to-east trek across the desert in 1993. He was accompanied by a small party of fellow Britons, a few local Uyghurs to handle the camels, and, for political reasons, Chinese government officials. Blackmore gives a vivid, no-nonsense, engaging account of the arduous two-month journey. He frankly admits that his planning and preparation for the trip frequently proved to be misguided or inadequate. A former British Army officer who has also led an expedition that followed the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia, Blackmore writes with a refreshingly old-fashioned lack of cynicism. Unfortunately, his contempt for his Chinese tagalongs, which often comes across as plain bigotry, also seems out-of-date, as does his Kipling-like condescension toward the Uyghurs. Recommended for public libraries, Asian studies, and travel collections.?Mary C. Kalfatovic, Telesec Lib. Svcs., Washington, D.C.
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