A Ride to Khiva: Travels and Adventures in Central Asia

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Frederick Gustavus Burnaby--soldier, traveler, writer, and pioneer balloonist--set out on an unofficial mission in 1875 to investigate the motives behind Russias exclusion of foreigners from Central Asia. A real-life adventure story, A Ride to Khiva recounts Captain Burnabys excursion in vivid detail, reflecting the hardship and humor of his exciting travels.
Forced to travel in winter, Burnaby journeyed through blizzards and snowdrifts to reach the mysterious caravan city of Khiva. Along the way he describes his many adventures, extending from surviving the Cossacks treatments for frostbite to taking tea with the Khan. Burnaby's account of his "one-man Great Game" mission was hugely successful, reprinting eleven times in its first year of publication and A Ride to Khiva continues to make fascinating reading today.
Featuring a new introduction by the highly acclaimed author, Peter Hopkirk, this classic piece of travel writing is an entertaining account of a dangerous journey across inhospitable countryside by a man who was to become a popular hero in his own day.

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In the winter of 1875, a young British officer set out across Central Asia on a strictly unofficial mission to investigate the latest secret Russian moves in the Great Game. His goal was the mysterious caravan city of Khiva, closed to all European travellers by the Russians following their seizure of it two years earlier. His aim was to discover whether, as many British strategists feared, this remote and dangerous oasis was about to be used as a springboard for an invasion of India. Unknown to his superiors, who would have forbidden the venture, Captain Frederick Gustavus Burnaby rode for over a thousand miles across steppe and desert, struggling through blizzards and snowdrifts, to reach forbidden Khiva. Ordered home by an alarmed government, Burnaby immediately sat down and wrote this best-selling account of his adventures, which was to become a Great Game classic, the first of two he was to publish.

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Author of On Horseback Through Asia Minor, and founder of the Vanity Fair journal, Frederick Burnaby did a great deal of active service in the British army and was killed in action in 1885. Peter Hopkirk is a highly acclaimed travel writer and best-selling author of The Great Game.

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