By Frederick Burnaby,Peter Hopkirk

ISBN-10: 0192803670

ISBN-13: 9780192803672

within the iciness of 1875, a tender British officer set out throughout relevant Asia on an unofficial challenge to enquire the most recent mystery Russian strikes within the nice video game. His target was once the mysterious caravan urban of Khiva, closed to all eu tourists via the Russians following their seizure of it years prior. His target was once to find even if, as many British strategists feared, this distant and unsafe oasis used to be approximately for use as a springboard for an invasion of India.

Captain Frederick Burnaby used to be already anything of a legend. For a commence he used to be reputed to be the most powerful guy within the British military, status six-foot-four and weighting over 2 hundred kilos. He additionally spoke no fewer than seven languages, together with Russian and Turkish, and possessed a such a lot full of life and colourful prose style.

Unknown to his superiors, who might have forbidden the enterprise, he rode for over one thousand miles throughout steppe and desolate tract, suffering via blizzards and snowdrifts, to arrive forbidden Khiva. Burnaby was once ordered domestic by means of an alarmed executive and there he instantly sat down and wrote this best-selling account of his adventures.

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