Foreign Devils on the Silk Road: The Search for the Lost Cities and Treasures of Chinese Central Asia

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Univ of Massachusetts Press, Jan 1, 1984 - History - 252 pages
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User Review  - Mariana Budjeryn - Goodreads

A delightful Indiana Jones like account of the exploration of the Taklamakan desert in what is now the Xinjiang province of Eastern China. This was - and probably still is - truly the last frontier! Read full review

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User Review  - Kaitlin - Goodreads

Hopkirk's book focuses primarily on the men who travelled the Silk Road in search of ancient treasures. Clearly I was born the wrong sex, in the wrong time; while a lot of these men may be considered ... Read full review

Contents

The Rise and Fall of the Silk Road
9
Lost Cities of the Taklamakan
32
The Great Manuscript Race
44
Sven Hedin the Pathfinder
54
Aurel Stein TreasureSeeker Extraordinary
68
Stein Strikes it Rich
81
The Unmasking of a Forger
98
The Race Begins in Earnest
111
Secrets of a Chinese Rubbish Dump
145
Tunhuang the Hidden Library
156
Pelliotthe Gentle Art of Making Enemies
177
Spies Along the Silk Road
190
Langdon Warner Attempts the Unthinkable
209
The Chinese Slam the Door
223
Bibliography of Principal Sources
243
Index
246

Von Le Coq Spins a Coin
125
The Finest Paintings in Turkestan
134

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About the author (1984)

PETER HOPKIRK is the author of Like Hidden Fire: The Plot to Bring Down the British Empire, Trespassers on the Roof of the World: The Race for Lhasa, and two other books. A staff writer for the Times of London for nineteen years, five as its chief reporter, he is a Middle and Far East specialist.

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