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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating history with a cast of wonderful characters., 28 July 2001
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This review is from: Explorers of the Western Himalayas, 1820-95: "When Men and Mountains Meet" and "Gilgit Game" (Paperback)
This is the tale of the exploration and opening up of the Himalayas. Woven though it is the ebb and flow of The Great Game in which Britain and Russia competed for control of the northern passes into India. John Keay brings out the personalities of the explorers, from the immensely tough and intelligent William Moorcroft to the wilful Francis Younghusband who ran a war with Tibet more or less on his own initiative. What one constantly admires is the determination and resilience of these characters. They battle against difficult terrain, terrible weather and often hostile locals. Their adventures are many, varied and, with John Keay's light touch, a make for a great read.
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