My Life as an Explorer

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Asian Educational Services, Jan 1, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 544 pages
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FROM THE SILK ROAD AND TIBET, THE EPIC MEMOIR OF A BESTSELLING ADVENTUREOver the course of three decades, Sven Hedin traveled the ancient Silk Road, discovered long-lost cities, mapped previously uncharted rivers, and saw more of "the roof of the world" than any European before him. This epic memoir captures the splendor of now-vanished civilizations, the excitement ofunearthing ancient monuments, the chilling terrors of snow-clogged mountain passes, and the parching agony of the desert. A worldwide bestseller in the 1920s, it today introduces a new generation to a man of exceptional daring and accomplishment. The book is illustrated with 160 of Hedin's owndrawings.
  

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User Review  - amerynth - LibraryThing

I had a love-hate relationship with Hedin's book detailing some of his travels in Asia, including many places where he was the first white man to set foot in. Especially at the beginning of the book ... Read full review

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This is a great book for anyone that finds explorers interesting. One of the interesting facts is how good of writer Sven was and is able to tell a compelling story. Yes he made some stupid decisions in his life but its a great read and tells of time that no longer exists. Read full review

Contents

CBAPm VAcr I How IT ALL BEGAN
15
Moscow
17
ACROSS THE ELBURZ RANGE TO TEHERAN
24
A Mosque in Resht
25
ON HORSEBACK THROUGH PERSIA
30
The Tomb of the Holy Fatima in Koom
31
THROUGH MESOPOTAMIA TO BAGDAD
38
The Tomb of Ezra on the Tigris
41
A DETECTIVESTORY FROM THE HEART OF ASIA
206
MY FIRST ENTRY INTO TIBET
213
A Taghlik or Mountain Inhabitant of Dalaikurgan
214
WILD ASSES WILD YAKS AND MONGOLIANS
221
A Wild Yak Charging Our Dogs
222
Gao Boxes which the Mongols Hang Round Their Necks
228
IN THE LAND OF THE TANGUT ROBBERS
230
ON TO PEKING
237

AN ADVENTUROUS RIDE THROUGH WESTERN PERSIA
44
The Wealthy Arabian Merchant Aga Mohammed Hassan Receives
48
CONSTANTINOPLE
53
The Greek Bishop
55
AN AMBASSADOR TO THE SHAH OF PERSIA
59
Entering Kazvin
61
A BURIALGROUND
65
To THE Top OF DEMAVEND
70
Top of Demavend The Crater of the Volcano Visible Altitude18700
75
THROUGH KHORASAN THE LAND OF THE SUN
77
MESHHED THE CITY OF MARTYRS
85
BOKHARA AND SAMARKAND
87
A Turkoman
88
INTO THE HEART OF ASIA
96
WITH THE EMIR OF BOKHARA
102
Two THOUSAND MILES IN A CARRIAGEA WIN TER RlDE ON THE ROOF OF THE WORLD
109
WITH THE KIRGHIZ
120
Tried to Ascend the Mustaghata or The Father of the Ice
122
MY STRUGGLE WITH THE FATHER OF THE ICE MOUNTAINS
128
Our Boat on the Little Karakul Eastern Pamir
135
APPROACH THE DESERT
138
THE SANDSEA
146
Some of Our Camels Going Down a Sand Dune at Sunset
151
THE CARAVAN MEETS WITH DISASTER
154
THE LAST DAYS
163
Kasim and I Creeping and Struggling for Life
164
ROBINSON CRUSOE
171
Ahmed Mergen the Hunter
177
SECOND EXPEDITION TO THE PAMIRS
180
A Kirghiz Mother with Her Child
181
DISCOVER 2oooYEAROLD CITIES IN THE DESERT
185
THE WILD CAMELS PARADISE
192
The First Wild Camels We Came Across
194
RETREATING TWELVE HUNDRED MILES
198
Kunchekkan Bek or The Chief of the Rising Sun a Former Friend
202
In the Ice of the River
238
BACK TO THE DESERTS
247
Crossing a Bridge in a Small Village Outside of Kashgar
249
OUR LIFE ON THE LARGEST RIVER IN THE VERY HEART OF ASIA
256
A Herd of Wild Pigs
258
Caught in an Iron Trap
264
STRUGGLING WITH THE ICE
267
Two of My Men on the Ice of One of the Lakes
273
WE DISCOVER AN ANCIENT CITY IN THE
283
Camping Near the Bank of the Konchedaria
284
BACK TO HIGH TIBET 331
341
Attacked by Robbers Who Stole Two of Our Best Horses
344
The Great Tea Caravan Everything Was Black the Men the Yaks
350
A Bear Digging Up a MarmotJiflle
358
Testing the Strength of the Ice
370
XLvin STORMY JOURNEYS BY WATER
383
Sailing Across a Strange Lake at Night
388
Mountain Range and Physical Features of Tibet
394
The First Nomads We Met
400
I Am Very Glad to See You Again Hedin Sahib Said Hlaje Tsering
409
In a Yakhide Boat on the Upper Brahmaputra
416
TIVAL
421
Blowing the Shell Trumpets to Start the Religious Plays
423
OUR EXPERIENCES IN TASHILUNPO AND SHIGATSE
430
Pilgrims Worshipping at the Tomb of the Fifth Tashi Lama
431
The Holy Lake and the Devils Lake
437
STRANGE MONASTERIESWAI LEDIN MONKS
438
THE DISCOVERY OF THE SOURCE OF THE BRAHMA
455
MANASAROVAR THE HOLY LAKE
461
RAKASTAL THE DEVILS LAKE
468
A TIBETAN CAPTIVE AGAIN
499
NEW TRAVELS THROUGH THE UNKNOWN LAND
512
To INDIA
521
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