The Great Game
Hopkirk’s spellbinding account of the great struggle for European supremacy in Central Asia takes us over the high mountain passes and through the scorching deserts and caravan towns of the Silk Road, capturing the glamour, intrigue, treachery and adventure of the time.
The Lost Heart of Asia
In this classic narrative, Thubron recounts his travels to Samarkand, Bukhara and throughout Central Asia in the wake of the breakup of the Soviet Union. A fine writer, intrepid traveler and insightful observer, he’s an outstanding guide to the history, people and culture of the region.
The Silk Road, Two Thousand Years in the Heart of Asia
Wood draws on hundreds of archival photographs, manuscripts and paintings from the British Library in telling this lively story of the art, culture and history of diverse trade routes.
Lonely Planet Central Asia
Now in a 7th edition, this comprehensive, detailed guide to travel in the region features up-to-date information on Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
Central Asia Map
An up-to-date, double-sided shaded relief map of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Krygystan at the very good scale of 1:1,750,000. With inset plans of major cities.
Insight Guide Silk Road
Just as the Silk Road would have been split up into sections, so is the book, with the first section devoted to China, the second to Central Asia and the third to Western Asia. Within those sections are chapters covering the route through individual countries (or regions in the case of China), each including a handy panel on border crossings for the intrepid traveler. Stunning photographs and detailed maps complement the expertly written text.
Justin Jon Rudelson
Lonely Planet Central Asia Phrasebook
A handy pocket phrasebook that focuses on pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler on the Silk Road.
On the Noodle Road
Lin-liu, an American living in China, sets out on a culinary journey from China and across Central Asia, all the way to the Mediterranean. Her highly personal account explores what can still be felt of cuisine’s migration along ancient trade routes.
Caroline Eden, Eleanor Ford
An excellent introduction to Samarkand (by turns inhabited by Uzbeks, Tajiks, Russians, Turks, Koryo-Sarams, Jews and Afghans), this compendium brings the region to life with essays, photos and plenty of recipes little-known to the West.
William J. Bernstein
A Splendid Exchange, How Trade Shaped the World
Primates may share food but only Homo Sapiens trade, says William Bernstein in this far-reaching, dare we say splendid, hymn. An economist (and fine writer), he considers not just silk and spices, sugar and tea but also the considerably less savory exchange of opium and slavery in this sweeping tale.
Christopher I. Beckwith
Empires of the Silk Road
Beckwith rescues Central Asia from the periphery of world affairs with flair and scholarship, depicting millennia of empires, trade and cultural life on the Silk Road.
Jeff Sahadeo (Editor)
Everyday Life in Central Asia, Past and Present
Dozens of scholars and ethnographers contributed to this lively reader on the peoples, cultures and customs across Central Asia.
Foreign Devils on the Silk Road
Hopkirk’s rousing tale of Sven Hedin and other larger-than- life archaeological raiders of the early 20th century captures the excitement of discovery — and the glories of the Silk Road.
S. Frederick Starr
Lost Enlightenment, Central Asia’s Golden Age from the Arab Conquest to Tamerlane
Starr brings to life the great flowering of ideas and advances of Central Asia’s medieval enlightenment, showing how, between the years 800 and 1200, Central Asian societies led the world in trade and were at the vanguard of mathematics, philosophy, history, geology, astronomy and science.
Richard C. Foltz
Religions of the Silk Road
A scholarly survey of cultural traditions, and especially religions, along the trade routes through China and Central Asia from antiquity to the 15th century.
Setting the East Ablaze, Lenin’s Dream of an Empire in Asia
Another volume in the grand Hopkirk tradition of intrigue, treachery, murder, escape, executions and skullduggery. In this book he portrays Lenin’s attempt between the two World Wars to spread Marxism east. A very readable escapade, this is the story of British Indian Intelligence officers against armed Communist revolutionaries, enlivened by a cast of real characters including White Russians versus Bolsheviks, a murderous, mad baron, Chinese warlords, Islamic visionaries, agents provocateurs, and a vanishing lady.
Luce Boulnois, Helen Loveday (Translator)
Silk Road: Monks, Warriors & Merchants on the Silk Road
A history and guide to the Silk Road, organized chronologically and featuring a nice selection of contemporary photographs.
The Silk Road, A New History
A professor of Chinese and world history at Yale, Hansen draws on original sources and the latest archaeology for this magnificently illustrated tale of the overland routes across Asia and the life, history, and culture of fabled Silk Road cities Niya, Kucha, Turfan, Samarkand, Chang’an, Dunhuang and Khotan.
James A. Millward
The Silk Road, A Very Short Introduction
Millward’s pocket history highlights the important exchanges of goods, ideas and spiritualities that traveled the Silk Road, the Mediterranean’s link to Persia, India and China.
The Silk Roads, A New History of the World
Tightly researched and filled with swashbuckling stories, this history by Peter Frankopan looks eastward, showing how the West grew out of a restless desire to access Asian trade.
Mapping the Silk Road and Beyond
This visually stunning collection of 80 rare illuminated manuscripts, early modern masterpieces and archival maps traces two millennia of exploration across Asia.
Traditional Textiles of Central Asia
Harvey surveys the embroidery, silks, velvets, felts and other rich textile traditions of the Silk Road in this spectacularly illustrated guide.
World Heritage Sites
How many have you visited? This beautifully illustrated compendium, just revised, includes color photographs, a map and succinct descriptions of each of the 1,031 archaeological sites, monuments, cities and parks inscribed by UNESCO from 1978 to 2016. Organized by order of inscription.
Genghis Khan and the Quest for God
With compelling evidence, top-notch historian Jack Weatherford argues that Genghis Khan used religious tolerance to offset fanaticism and hold his disparate territories together.
In Xanadu, A Quest
An intrepid traveler and entertaining writer, Dalrymple deftly observes the people and places he encounters on a journey from Jerusalem across Central Asia to China along the Silk Road, ending, like Marco Polo, at Xanadu, the summer palace of Kubla Khan.
Life Along the Silk Road
With insight, scholarship and dramatic flair, Susan Whitfield recounts the lives of ten diverse individuals on the ancient Silk Road, including four tales set in Dunhuang. With a superb 15- page history of Central Asia.
Marco Polo, The Journey That Changed the World
John Man travels in the footsteps of Italian merchant Marco Polo, bringing to life the exotic world that he uncovered, one of huge armies, untold riches, unusual spices and the great Mongol emperor Kublai Khan.
Shadow of the Silk Road
Thubron returns to Central Asia in this lyrical, erudite account of a 7,000-mile trek across Asia, visiting archaeological sites, people and cities from Xi’an and Dunhuang to Samarkand, Bukhara, Afghanistan and Iran.
Turkestan Solo, One Woman’s Expedition from the Tien Shan to the Kizil Kum
Maillart’s rousing account of a solo journey through the mountains, deserts and cities of Central Asia in the early 1930s. Setting out from Moscow, she traveled from Mongolia’s Tien Shan mountains via horse and camel to Bokhara. Originally published in 1935.
Central Asia, Through Writers’ Eyes
A literary introduction to the Silk Road that uses the words of travelers, explorers and writers from Marco Polo and Fitzroy Maclean to William of Rubrick and Ella Maillart.
George MacDonald Fraser
Flashman in the Great Game
What caused the Sepoy Mutiny, a pivotal moment in the Raj? How about Harry Flashman, the reluctant, much-decorated coward, cad and womanizer at the center of George MacDonald Fraser’s wildly entertaining, irreverent series of historical novels.
Amin Maalouf, Russell Harris (Translator)
Samarkand, A Novel
A fictional history of Persia featuring Omar Khayyam, the 11th- century poet and author of the “Rubaiyat.” Written by Lebanese novelist Amin Maalouf.
Birds of Central Asia
This compact Princeton Field Guide features 141 superb color plates and excellent introductory chapters on the region.