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Join the 25 year old as he travels into the interior of western China and further into Tibet...walking over 1500 miles. His experiances along the way are both funny and frightening. 316 pages and 98 photographs.
Hardenbrook, a daring young man, traveled to China in one of the most critical periods in the country's history. His letters home offer a vivid, first-hand report on developments in China and Tibet during these turbulent times. Yet they also provide the reader with an account by a perceptive observer of an adventure story experienced by a bold American.
- Morris Rossabi, Professor of Asian History, author of Khubilai Khan: His Life and Times and Voyager from Xanadu
A fascinating journey through 1930's China and Tibet, by a fearless and observant traveler. Fritz Hardenbrook's diary and private letters home, together with his extraordinary photographs,are a haunting testimony to both a world forever gone, and to the courage required of those first, true, solitary backpackers.
- Dr. Lawrence Blair, anthropologist, explorer, and creator of the documentary television series, "Ring of Fire: An Indonesian Odyssey"
In 1935, at a critical moment in Chinese history, an extraordinarily observant American arrived and began to trek into the interior. Eventually the intrepid adventurer and skilled observer, camera in hand, arrived in Tibet - literally years before Heinrich Harrer of Seven Years in Tibet fame. The manuscript he left behind is a fascinating first-person account that anyone interested in the country will find invaluable.
- Professor Steven A. Leibo, Ph.D., The Sage Colleges, editor of Prosper Giquel's Journal of the Chinese Civil War 1864 and author of the historical novel Tienkuo: The Heavenly Kingdom.
"Old" China seen by an American adventurer who traveled like locals from the great Chinese cities on the coast to the borders with Tibet in the deepest interior of Sichuan. The letters to his mother are exciting, often thoughtful, and at times revelatory. And the impressive photos he took - perhaps not surprising for an Eastman Kodak man - take
us right back to the unsettled and unsettling 1930s and give the feeling for the lived experience of ordinary people that he so assiduously sought out. Worth reading.
- Arthur Kleinman is Rabb Professor of Anthropology and Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard and Fung Director of Harvard's Asia Center