The Great Game: On Secret Service In High Asia
  • The Great Game: On Secret Service In High Asia
  • The Great Game: On Secret Service In High Asia
  • The Great Game: On Secret Service In High Asia
ISBN: 1568360223
EAN13: 9781568360225
Language: English
Pages: 564
Dimensions: 2.1" H x 8.4" L x 5.7" W
Weight: 1.75 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

THE GREATGAME: THE EPIC STORY BEHIND TODAY'S HEADLINES

Peter Hopkirk's spellbinding account of the great imperial struggle for supremacy in Central Asoa has been hailed as essential reading with that era's legacy playing itself out today.

The Great Game between Victorian Britain and Tsarist Russia was fought across desolate terrain from the Caucasus to China, over the lonely passes of the Parmirs and Karakorams, in the blazing Kerman and Helmund deserts, and through the caravan towns of the old Silk Road-both powers scrambling to control access to the riches of India and the East. When play first began, the frontiers of Russia and British India lay 2000 miles apart; by the end, this distance had shrunk to twenty miles at some points. Now, in the vacuum left by the disintegration of the Soviet Union, there is once again talk of Russian soldiers dipping their toes in the Indian Ocean.

The Washington Post has said that every story Peter Hopkirk touches is totally engrossing. In this gripping narrative he recounts a breathtaking tale of espionage and treachery through the actual experiences of its colorful characters. Based on meticulous scholarship and on-the-spot research, this is the history at the core of today's geopolitics.

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5
   Great book
Book is very engaging on a period of history that is not known.
 
5
   An amazing book that holds your attention from the first page ...
Think how different today's Middle East would be if the people at the Pentagon had read this book before their Iraq debacle.
 
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   Four Stars
Good intro to the journey in Central Asia. An easy read about the Russian-English players ib the great game.
 
5
   Great Gift for a Bookworm
I recieved this as a gift and the recipient loved it. He said it was one of the best books he ever read.
 
5
   Plenty to laugh about
I buy as many books on Central Asia and Middle East history as I can, and this one was a joy to read. Went into details from archives and memoirs that others never do, made it much more human and inspired much more admiration for the hardships that these adventurers, politicians, geologists, itinerants had to face. A true pleasure to read. Recommend highly. And then we play this stupid game again.
 
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   I Asked the Veterans Why?
I volunteer at the Indiana Military Museum in Vincennes, Indiana. I asked the veterans why the Middle East is so important. In Afghanistan or in oil, there is no water. They all looked at me and said, Hopkirk read the great game. I read the book so. It allexplains itself.
 
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   poor printing, returned the book
I returned the book because the printing quality was so poor. My eyes tried to read back and forth to twist just the first page. At first, I humbly thought it was an old font that the publisher or author had chosen.
 
4
   Doomed to repeat
This book certainly proves the adage to learn from history or be deceived to repeat it a bit. Long read, but enthralling.
 
5
   More fun than anything I've read for a while
More fun than anything I have read for a while. The history of the Russian expansion in Central Asia during the 19th century and the resulting conflict with Great Britain. If you ever wondered how Kazakhstan became part of the Soviet Union, this book will give you the answer. On the way, you 'll be introduced to some of the bravest, toughest and occasionally unluckiest men who have ever served her Majesty. I could not put it down.
 
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