The Silk Road cuts through one of the most extraordinary landscapes on the planet. A vast region separating China from the Mediterranean, it is one of the most inhospitable places on earth—a forbidding terrain of hostile deserts, treacherous mountain ranges, howling winds, searing heat, and blistering cold. No stranger to unforgiving territory, Nick Middleton follows in the footsteps of Alexander the Great and Marco Polo, overland from China to Istanbul, surviving, as they did, the life-sapping Gobi Desert, the icy mountain passes of Tibet, and the daunting Steppes of Turkmenistan. Part Oxford professor, part Indiana Jones, Middleton spins together his outrageous feats of endurance with insightful commentary on our planet and its peoples.
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Nick Middleton teaches geography at Oxford and is a fellow of St Anne's College. He is a Royal Geographical Society award-winning writer and author of six travel books including Going to Extremes and Surviving Extremes, which looked at the some of the world's least hospitable environments and those who live there and were also filmed for major Channel Four series.Review:
Nick Middleton—geographer, travel writer, and Oxford don—pits himself against the punishing extremes of the fabled route that links East and West.
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Book Description John Murray, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0719567203
Book Description John Murray, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110719567203