Peter Hopkirk, a former reporter for The Times of London with wide experience of the region, tells an extraordinary story of ambition, intrigue, and military adventure. His sensational narrative moves at breakneck pace, yet even as he paints his colorful characters--tribal chieftains, generals, spies, Queen Victoria herself--he skillfully provides a clear overview of the geographical and diplomatic framework. The Great Game was Russia's version of America's "Manifest Destiny" to dominate a continent, and Hopkirk is careful to explain Russian viewpoints as fully as those of the British. The story ends with the fall of Tsarist Russia in 1917, but the demise of the Soviet Empire (hastened by a decade of bloody fighting in Afghanistan) gives it new relevance, as world peace and stability are again threatened by tensions in this volatile region of great mineral wealth and strategic significance. --John Stevenson
That our "leaders" have not learned the lessons this book explains has cost us many lives and much treasure.Published 2 months ago by william m. wilson
If you are going to Central Asia, do not go without reading this book. Though it is the size of a average phone book, I was able to breeze through it and actually found myself... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rosealie A Lesser
There are many individual histories out there concerning the heroes and demons of the Great Game, Britain's Cold War with Russian in Central Asia, but there are relatively few... Read morePublished 2 months ago by David S. Wellhauser
Great insight into the politics of the time. Also the amazing bravery of the young - usually British - explorers in the area.
More than any other book I’ve read, Hopkirk’s The Great Game shows the problems and dangers of looking at international relations as a game. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Daniel R. Baker
I took a train journey on the silk Road from Moscow to Beijing. This book was a great historical perspective of many things that I saw and I recommend that anyone who goes to... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sheila Gallagher