The Himalaya: Encounters with the Roof of the World

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For more than thirty-five years, David Zurick—one of the world’s foremost experts and writers on the Himalaya—has been trekking this remote, dramatic region and documenting its magnificent geographical features. In this, his third book on the Himalaya, Zurick offers a different and more personal appraisal of the region, detailing his own intimate experiences with the environment and the people who live there. In a clear, conversational style, Zurick covers a wide array of topics, from the interplay of different ...

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Overview

For more than thirty-five years, David Zurick—one of the world’s foremost experts and writers on the Himalaya—has been trekking this remote, dramatic region and documenting its magnificent geographical features. In this, his third book on the Himalaya, Zurick offers a different and more personal appraisal of the region, detailing his own intimate experiences with the environment and the people who live there. In a clear, conversational style, Zurick covers a wide array of topics, from the interplay of different religions in Kathmandu to the economic and social changes transpiring in Bhutan to the fragile frontier of Tibet.

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Tom Fricke

“Zurick provides a rich, if understated, course on the geology, history, and politics of the Himalaya region. Each chapter moves effortlessly between the journal-like immediacy of the author’s experiences and the background framing—whether ecological or cultural—that locates it. Even better, Zurick moves beyond description to raise issues of a more philosophical sort: the preconceptions of the research process and its transformation by experience, the politics of commodification and tourism among indigenous people, and alternative possibilities of ‘development.’ Throughout the book is the consistent exploration of change and the anchoring of that exploration in the researcher’s experience and reappraisals. Zurick’s credentials as a scholar are rock-solid. His thirty-five years of experience in the region, as a traveler and scholar, gives weight to his writing and thinking.”
Nigel J. R. Allan

“David Zurick stands alone in his knowledge of the entire Himalaya. I know of no person today who has such a command of breadth of knowledge over such a great region.”
Tom Fricke

“Zurick provides a rich, if understated, course on the geology, history, and politics of the Himalaya region. Each chapter moves effortlessly between the journal-like immediacy of the author’s experiences and the background framing—whether ecological or cultural—that locates it. Even better, Zurick moves beyond description to raise issues of a more philosophical sort: the preconceptions of the research process and its transformation by experience, the politics of commodification and tourism among indigenous people, and alternative possibilities of ‘development.’ Throughout the book is the consistent exploration of change and the anchoring of that exploration in the researcher’s experience and reappraisals. Zurick’s credentials as a scholar are rock-solid. His thirty-five years of experience in the region, as a traveler and scholar, gives weight to his writing and thinking.”—Tom Fricke, University of Michigan

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Meet the Author

David Zurick is the Foundation Professor of Geography at Eastern Kentucky University. His six books include Himalaya: Life of the Edge of the World and Illustrated Atlas of the Himalaya.

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