The Great Game: The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Peter Hopkirk

Narrated By: Alex Wyndham

Publisher: Tantor Media

Date: August 2017

Duration: 17 hours 58 minutes


The Great Game between Victorian Britain and Tsarist Russia was fought across desolate terrain from the Caucasus to China, over the lonely passes of the Parmirs and Karakorams, in the blazing Kerman and Helmund deserts, and through the caravan towns of the old Silk Road-both powers scrambling to control access to the riches of India and the East. When play first began, the frontiers of Russia and British India lay 2000 miles apart; by the end, this distance had shrunk to twenty miles at some points. Now, in the vacuum left by the disintegration of the Soviet Union, there is once again talk of Russian soldiers 'dipping their toes in the Indian Ocean.'

The Washington Post has said that 'every story Peter Hopkirk touches is totally engrossing.' In this gripping narrative he recounts a breathtaking tale of espionage and treachery through the actual experiences of its colorful characters. Based on meticulous scholarship and on-the-spot research, this is the history at the core of today's geopolitics.


Great Game: The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia

by Peter Hopkirk

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Great Game: The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia, Peter Hopkirk