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Trespassers on the Roof of the World

The Race for Lhasa

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Description

No other land has captured man's imagination quite like Tibet. Hidden away behind the highest mountains on earth, and ruled over by a mysterious God-king, it was for centuries a land forbidden to all outsiders.

In this remarkable and ultimately tragic narrative, Peter Hopkirk recounts the forcible opening up of this medieval Buddhist kingdom by inquisitive Western travellers during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and the race to reach Lhasa, Tibet's sacred capital.

This epic, often harrowing tale, which ends with the Chinese invasion of 1950, draws on a colourful cast of gatecrashers from nine different countries. Among them were adventurous young officers on Great Game missions, explorers and mountaineers, mystics and missionaries. All took their lives in their hands, including three intrepid women. Some were never to return.

From Publishers Weekly

17 April 1995 – Hopkirk (The Great Game: The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia) traces international attempts at breaking Tibet's isolationism since the mid-19th century.
Trespassers on the Roof of the World
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Asia
  • Published: 15 March 2012
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
  • Print Length: 304 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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