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Khyber Knights: An Account of Perilous Adventure and Forbidden Romance in the Depths of Mystic Asia Hardcover – November 1, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-1590480007 ISBN-10: 1590480007

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 658 pages
  • Publisher: The Long Riders' Guild Press (November 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590480007
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590480007
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 10 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,341,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"You have written a masterpiece! This is the book that will top all other equestrian travel books."
Jeremy James, Founding Member of the Long Riders’ Guild, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and author of Saddletramp.

"As its remarkable author frankly tells us, Khyber Knights is fictional in its framework but based upon hard fact and actual events. And what a tale it is. We can learn from this book, one of the greatest I have ever read. It is a book that one would not want  to live without."
John Rodenbeck, Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature, American University, Cairo.

"Khyber Knights is an epic account of one of the most extraordinary adventures ever taken on horseback."
Nick Smith, Explorers’ Club Editor and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

"Political analysts will immensely benefit from the author’s first hand experience and incisive study of a complex period in our nation’s history."
Dr. Maleelia Lodhi, Ambassador of Pakistan.

"I spent the last two days reading Khyber Knights. I couldn’t put the book down and now that I have read the last sentences I feel orphaned."
Arita Baaijens, Dutch explorer, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and author of Desert Songs.

"You emerge from the book shaken, albeit the wiser in many aspects of the hardiness of equestrian long distance riding and of human folly in general. Of course Jack London could do it in his time, but CuChullaine O'Reilly has shown us it can still be done in our day."
Bjarke Rink, author of The Centaur Legacy.

"Kipling would have loved Khyber Knights."
Derek O’Connor, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and author of The King’s Stranger.

"Khyber Knights is a real life thriller. Once you start the adventure you won’t be able to get off."
Dr. Amjad Hussain, author of The Taliban and Beyond.

"An important and courageous work of a time and place that has since melted into the past."
Alistair Carr, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and author of The Singing Bowl, Journeys through Inner Asia.

About the Author

Explorers’ Web described CuChullaine O'Reilly as “a living legend” and praised his adventure travel book, Khyber Knight, as “magical.”After extensive travels in Afghanistan, CuChullaine converted to Islam, journeyed to the Muslim holy city of Mecca, then made a daring solo equestrian journey across Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province.The book describes how Boston University then engaged the author to teach journalism to mujahadeen opposing the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. It also reveals the oppressive regime of General Zia-ul-Haq, who had usurped power from Pakistan’s elected government.The newly released hardback second-edition concludes with an extensive examination of how events witnessed by the author led to the emergence of the Taliban, the ill-advised invasion of Afghanistan and the rise of religious extremism in Pakistan. Amply illustrated, the text is accompanied by maps, documentation, and an extensive glossary.After completing the longest recorded horseback ride in Pakistan's history, as described in the book, CuChullaine specialized in equestrian exploration and historical research. He has documented how meat-eating horses were used in Shackleton’s second attempt to reach the South Pole, how a religious edict issued by the Pope against the Vikings established America’s modern taboo against eating horses and how the political victory of the suffragettes brought about the demise of the sidesaddle.A Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Explorers’ Club, he has published more than 300 travel books in eight languages and advised more than a hundred equestrian expeditions on every continent except Antarctica.He is now completing work on the Encyclopaedia of Equestrian Exploration, the most extensive study of mounted travel ever produced.

More About the Author

CuChullaine O'Reilly is an investigative reporter who has spent more than thirty years studying equestrian travel techniques on every continent. After having made lengthy trips by horseback across Pakistan, he was made a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Explorers' Club. O'Reilly is also the author of Khyber Knights. This equestrian travel tale has been described as a "masterpiece" and the author as "Jack London in our time".
O'Reilly founded the Long Riders' Guild, the world's first inter-national association of equestrian explorers. The organization has Members in forty-two countries, all of whom have made a qualifying equestrian journey of at least one thousand miles. The Guild has supported more than a hundred equestrian expeditions on every continent except Antarctica.
The author is married to the Swiss Long Rider, Basha Cornwall-Legh, who rode her Cossack stallion, Count Pompeii, from Volgograd to London, becoming the only person in the twentieth century to ride out of Russia.
The O'Reillys are the webmasters of The Long Riders' Guild website. At three-thousand plus pages, and still growing, and having now been visited by more than three million people world-wide, this website is the repository of the largest collection of equestrian travel information in human history.
After ten years of unparalleled intellectual growth, The Long Riders' Guild became a movement for change in the wider equestrian world when the O'Reillys launched The Long Riders' Guild Academic Foundation. The world's first open-source academic equine website is devoted to the study of all hippological arts and sciences and provides a forum, free of commercial influence, wherein equine-related articles are provided at no cost to scholars, students and equine enthusiasts. Every type of horse-related know¬ledge is being investigated and published at this exciting website, whose motto is "Science not Superstition."
Deadly Equines is the first title in a new series of equestrian investigations undertaken by the author.

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This book is full of excitement and surprises, and the use of language is absolutely outstanding.
Verne R. Albright
The story is a tale of how one American can be transformed by a land and a people who adopted the author and allowed him to experience life unlike soo many of us.
lance tormey
Read the Author's Disclaimer and then try to put the book down before you have finished the entire 600 pages... I dare you!!!
John P. Gorkowski

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