TOURNAMENT OF SHADOWS: The Race for Empire in Central Asia and the Great GameEditorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe
Swashbuckling tales from the history of European competition for control of Central Asia. Beginning in the 1820s, Great Britain and Czarist Russia became convinced that their fates lay in that vast and mainly unexplored expanse of land from Iran to China. From its colonial jewel in India, Great Britain feared Russia's inexorable march through Central Asia to its colonial borders, Russia of course ... Read full review
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The writer narrates events nearly two centuries ago - from which the Americans could have learnt that Afganistan is not a country any empire or current superpower could invade and conquer. It is masterfully written with such detail and insight that one feels part of the events that shaped history in those parts of the world, which seems to have escaped the ravages of our modern society.