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The Great Game By Peter Hopkirk

The Great Game by Peter Hopkirk

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Summary

'Peter Hopkirk is truly the Laureate of the Great Game' Jan Morris

The Great Game Summary

The Great Game by Peter Hopkirk

For nearly a century the two most powerful nations on earth, Victorian Britain and Tsarist Russia, fought a secret war in the lonely passes and deserts of Central Asia. Those engaged in this shadowy struggle called it 'The Great Game', a phrase immortalized by Kipling. When play first began the two rival empires lay nearly 2,000 miles apart. By the end, some Russian outposts were within 20 miles of India. This classic book tells the story of the Great Game through the exploits of the young officers, both British and Russian, who risked their lives playing it. Disguised as holy men or native horse-traders, they mapped secret passes, gathered intelligence and sought the allegiance of powerful khans. Some never returned. The violent repercussions of the Great Game are still convulsing Central Asia today.

The Great Game Reviews

'Brilliant' * Patrick Leigh Fermor, Daily Telegraph *
'There can be few more fascinating subjects, or few authors better qualified to write about it' * Fitzroy Maclean, Independent *
'Immensely readable and magisterially detached. A gripping and impressive narrative of adventure and war' * Financial Times *
'Hopkirk's brilliant and engrossing account remains the classic text on how to handle the various and often dangerous people who inhabit the region, fill of tips and warnings for the Game's current players.' * BBC History Magazine *
'Fans of political history and adventure are in for a treat as publishing house John Murray reissues its Peter Hopkirk series' * Sian Gibson, Geographical Magazine *

About Peter Hopkirk

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.

Additional information

GOR001339562
9780719564475
0719564476
The Great Game by Peter Hopkirk
Used - Very Good
Paperback
John Murray Press
2006-03-27
592
N/A
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This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us

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