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Empires of the Indus: The Story of a River
     

Empires of the Indus: The Story of a River

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by Alice Albinia
 

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One of the largest rivers in the world, the Indus rises in the Tibetan mountains, flowing west across northern India and south through Pakistan. It has been worshipped as a god and used as a tool of imperial expansion, and today it is the cement of Pakistan's fractious union. In Empires of the Indus, Alice Albinia follows the river upstream, through two thousand

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One of the largest rivers in the world, the Indus rises in the Tibetan mountains, flowing west across northern India and south through Pakistan. It has been worshipped as a god and used as a tool of imperial expansion, and today it is the cement of Pakistan's fractious union. In Empires of the Indus, Alice Albinia follows the river upstream, through two thousand miles of geography and back to a time five thousand years ago when a string of sophisticated cities grew on its banks. "This turbulent history, entwined with a superlative travel narrative" (The Guardian) leads us from the ruins of elaborate metropolises, where Sanskrit-speaking nomads once explored the river, to the bitter divisions of today.

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Financial Times
“A magnificent book, a triumphant melding of travel and history into a compelling story of adventure and discovery.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393338607
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
04/05/2010
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
366
Sales rank:
968,243
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Alice Albinia’s honors include a Somerset Maugham Award, the Royal Society of Literature / Jerwood Prize, and the Dolman Travel Prize 2009. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, the Financial Times, and elsewhere. She lives in England.

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Empires of the Indus: The Story of a River 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
well written, wonderful book, with an epic sweep through centuries of what is now mostly Pakistan. Very interesting. Part history, part travel book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago