Hopkirk (The Great Game: The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia) traces international attempts at breaking Tibet's isolationism since the mid-19th century.
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"Hopkirk's wonderfully vivid book describes the...always thrilling efforts of explorers, spies...to plumb Tibet's secrets."-Philadelphia Inquirer
Even though it was a Hopkirk book I had a very hard time getting into it. Don't know if it was the way he wrote it or what, but it was not like any of his others that I read.Published 21 months ago by TBL
This was the next Hopkirk book I read after The Great Game, which was a spectacular read. With this one I was disappointed. Read morePublished on May 22, 2013 by Riddick
This lively book sums up primary accounts by those in the Great Game rather than expanding their substance. Hopkirk here aims for a popularization of previous Tibetan explorers. Read morePublished on December 24, 2012 by John L Murphy
this was a huge disapointment when you consider the"great game" and other books of that age that hopkirk has written it was like chapter vignettes on getting to lhasa and getting... Read morePublished on September 18, 2012 by Priscilla M. Littau
There are no other words to describe this book other than it is a treasure trove of knowledge regarding Central Asian/Tibetan exploration. Read morePublished on December 7, 2011 by RachelB
I asked for this book as a present. I had read The Great Game by the author, along with many other books about Tibet and central asia. Read morePublished on September 25, 2011 by W. Osterberg
Peter Hopkirk has written a fascinating book which looks at the strange country of Tibet, a land high in the Himalayas which has evolved its own form of Buddhism. Read morePublished on June 25, 2011 by James D. Crabtree
Literature in English language on Tibet is very limited in recent times. This book is one among the few available. Read morePublished on June 20, 2011 by Karun Mukherji
Peter Hopkirk does his usual, excellent job chronicling the efforts of Westerners (especially the British) from the 1860's to the early 20th century to find a way to explore the... Read morePublished on March 24, 2011 by J. Swikart