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    DescriptionFor nearly a century the two most powerful nations on earth, Victorian Britain and Tsarist Russia, fought a secret war in the lonely passes and deserts of Central Asia. Those engaged in this shadowy struggle called it 'The Great Game', a phrase immortalized by Kipling. When play first began the two rival empires lay nearly 2,000 miles apart. By the end, some Russian outposts were within 20 miles of India. This classic book tells the story of the Great Game through the exploits of the young officers, both British and Russian, who risked their lives playing it. Disguised as holy men or native horse-traders, they mapped secret passes, gathered intelligence and sought the allegiance of powerful khans. Some never returned. The violent repercussions of the Great Game are still convulsing Central Asia today.


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    Title
    The Great Game
    Subtitle
    On Secret Service in High Asia
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Peter Hopkirk
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 592
    Width: 131 mm
    Height: 197 mm
    Thickness: 39 mm
    Weight: 417 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780719564475
    ISBN 10: 0719564476
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBLL
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DVUA
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/19CNTY, CULT/BRITIS
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JH
    BIC subject category V2: JWL
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBK
    BIC subject category V2: HBJF
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FC
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 43
    BISAC V2.8: HIS003000
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27470
    LC classification: DS
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ASIAN
    BISAC V2.8: HIS032000
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET180
    Ingram Theme: CULT/RUSSIA
    BISAC V2.8: HIS026000, POL016000
    Abridged Dewey: 950
    BISAC V2.8: POL011000
    BIC subject category V2: 1DVUA, 3JH, 1DBK, 1FC
    DC22: 320.958, 958.03
    Thema V1.0: NHF, JWL
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    8pp black and white
    Publisher
    John Murray General Publishing Division
    Imprint name
    John Murray Publishers Ltd
    Publication date
    27 March 2006
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Peter Hopkirk has travelled widely in the regions where his six books are set - Central Asia, the Caucasus, China, India and Pakistan, Iran, and Eastern Turkey. He has worked as an ITN reporter, the New York correspondent of the old Daily Express, and - for twenty years - on The Times. No stranger to misadventure, he has twice been held in secret police cells and has also been hijacked by Arab terrorists. His works have been translated into fourteen languages.
    Review quote
    'Brilliant' Patrick Leigh Fermor, Daily Telegraph 'There can be few more fascinating subjects, or few authors better qualified to write about it' Fitzroy Maclean, Independent 'Immensely readable and magisterially detached. A gripping and impressive narrative of adventure and war' Financial Times 'Hopkirk's brilliant and engrossing account remains the classic text on how to handle the various and often dangerous people who inhabit the region, fill of tips and warnings for the Game's current players.' BBC History Magazine 'Fans of political history and adventure are in for a treat as publishing house John Murray reissues its Peter Hopkirk series' Sian Gibson, Geographical Magazine