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At times it was necessary to remind ones self this was reality and not a spy novel. A well written and fascinating account of intrigue, skullduggery and barbarism in a part of the world still in the grip of despots and tyrants. This and the Great Game by the same author I thoroughly recommend to those interested in the detail of this place and time.
Although not quite reaching the heights of The Great Game by the same author, this is a highly readable and entertaining account of the machinations of Russia and Britain in Central Asia during the inter-war years. There are some very well drawn portraits of the colourful characters who made the most of the chaos of the Russian civil war after the Bolshevik revolution: cunning Borodin, bloodthirsty Baron Ungern Sternberg, daring Enver Pasha, plucky Colonel Bailey, 'Big Horse' Ma, the Chinese Muslim warlord. Combined with a brisk narrative that crackles along, it makes for a great read.
For anyone interested in Xinjiang (Sinkiang, Chinese/Eastern Turkestan) this is also an interesting book and underlines why China is so sensitive about the region today.
I have never knew anything about this area of the world before reading Peter books its almost unknown and unexplored even today. The Great Game sets the scene our Victorian Forefathers were something else they were awsume I would reccomend all Peters books on this subject he has made it his own Fantastic Brilliant
Great and exciting book! I love history, read a lot, fascinated by the revolution and the Russian Civil War, but these stories were completely new for me, the setting, the events are amazing, most of the times it felt like I'm reading a spy-novel. I'm pretty sure I'm going to read more from Peter Hopkirk sooner than later! The only flaw of the book is it's length, I could have read a couple of hundred pages more!
Un libro molto interessante, scritto da uno storico specialista dell'Asia Centrale. Diversi suoi libri sono tradotti in Italiano e pubblicati da Adelphi. Sono tutti ben scritti e documentati. Questo trovo sia illuminante per capire meglio gli attuali rapporti fra la Russia e l'Occidente, ma anche le tensioni fra le varie etnie e religioni, già presenti all'epoca e poi tenute nascoste sotto il giogo sovietico. Consigliato anche per lo stile avvincente e scorrevole.