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Worth much more than its price !,
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This review is from: Murder in the Hindu Kush: George Hayward and the Great Game (Hardcover)
The story of George Hayward and his mysterious death in the Hindu Kush in July 1870 deserves to be much better known, and Tim Hannigan deserves the highest praise for all his research and travel. The book is so well-written that the central character, the wild landscapes, and the people of the region are all brought to life in a gripping story based on extensive sources. Hayward was an amazing explorer of the dangerous unexplored, and the various theories about his murder are fully examined, with the question of "who done it ?" bringing us into the world of possible cover-ups, conflicting evidence, and big-power self-interest. The book greatly benefits from Hannigan's own travels to key places in Hayward's life, and the final chapter when he reaches the remote murder site after 10 years of research is quite moving. This is a great book for anyone interested in exploration and true life adventure. If you're also interested in the Great Game and British fears about the largely unknown lands to the north of Kashmir and British India, then that's a bonus.