22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
A superb account of the race for Lhasa,
By A Customer
This review is from: Trespassers on the Roof of the World: The Race for Lhasa (Paperback)
This is a cracking account by Peter Hopkirk of the Western race for Lhasa in the 19th & early 20th centuries.
Some of the other customer reviews have been luke-warm about the book, but in its defence it is not a book about Tibet, Tibetans or religion - it is exactly what it claims to be, i.e. a series of fascinating stories of western adventurers (plus one Japanese!) told to different levels of detail depending on the merits and information available of each adventurer's journey.
I have to say that I am a big Peter Hopkirk fan so I must disclose my obvious bias here. However, for those that are familiar with some of his other works, I would rate this book alongside his 'The Great Game' and I found that, as a read, it flowed even better than his (very good) works 'Setting the East Ablaze' and 'On Secret Service East of Constantinople'.
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