Santa Barbarian at the Gate

Musings on a barbarian's interests

Quick review: Tournament of Shadows – The Great Game and the Race for Empire in Central Asia

GGA post long-overdue: I chipped away slowly at this 560pp beast.  Overall, would strongly recommend for anyone deeply interested in the minutiae of central Asian history.

Liked: the flow and tone of the narrative; the range of stories included; the authors’ effectiveness in bringing the central characters to life.

Maybe Not For Everyone: while I’d recommend this book to history buffs, for those looking for a more direct tie to today, there are other, better reads (see posts below).  This is a fun book, and one with great detail, but if you’re looking for a first primer on how central asia got the way it is not a good starting point.

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This entry was posted on June 24, 2009 by in International Relations, Politics/Current Events.
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