Trespassers on the Roof of the World

Trespassers on the Roof of the World

by Peter Hopkirk
     
 

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No other land has captured man's imagination quite like Tibet. Hidden away behind the Himalayas, ruled over by a god-like king, it has long been the stuff of travelers' dreams. Peter Hopkirk tells of the forcible opening up of this medieval land during the 19th and 20th centuries.

The tale has a cast of secret agents and soldiers, explorers and missionaries, mystics

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No other land has captured man's imagination quite like Tibet. Hidden away behind the Himalayas, ruled over by a god-like king, it has long been the stuff of travelers' dreams. Peter Hopkirk tells of the forcible opening up of this medieval land during the 19th and 20th centuries.

The tale has a cast of secret agents and soldiers, explorers and missionaries, mystics and mountaineers--intruders determined to snatch from the Tibetans the secret of their contentment. The story ends with the Chinese invasion in 1950. So it was that the long-suffering Tibetans finally lost their freedom to the last of the many trespassers.

"A marvelous book, well researched and written--a treat for armchair explorers everywhere." (New Statesmen)

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Hopkirk (The Great Game: The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia) traces international attempts at breaking Tibet's isolationism since the mid-19th century. (Apr.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874775761
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
02/01/1990
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 5.56(h) x 0.85(d)

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