Reinhold Messner

Reinhold Messner

Is this a book strictly for fans of mountaineering or can anyone find something enjoyable in it?

Obviously, this book is the story of an awesome feat, and thus it is pretty exciting to read. But it is more than just an adventure story: RM tells us about his motives and his doubts, he describes the..

Thomas Laird

Thomas Laird

When you’re trying to retell controversial historical events, should you reinvent dialogue?

Thomas Laird is an American Himalaya enthusiast who investigates the fate of American diplomat Douglas Mackiernan (1913-1950) and anthropologist Frank Bessac (1922-2010) in Tibet. They got caught up in the chaotic events of the founding of the People’s Republic of China and tried to..

Nikolai Mikhaylovich Przhevalsky

Nikolai Mikhaylovich Przhevalsky

Too much racism even for an imperialist?

During a time when Russia is rapidly expanding into Central Asia, geologist/adventurer Nikolai Mikhaylovich Przhevalsky gladly accepts a mission from the government: to explore and map the Mongolian and Tibetan regions of..

Alexandra David-Néel

Alexandra David-Néel

Has classic European explorer lingo turned this lady into a macho?

Alexandra David-Néel is already over fifty years old when she embarks on a trip to Lhasa in the early 1920s. She takes a Tibetan monk along (whom she apparently adopted), and they start from the province Yunnan, making it to..

Xiao Peng

Xiao Peng

If this guy writes so well and goes to so many cool places, then just why is this book he wrote so bad?

Xiao Peng is a young Chinese white-collar worker who decides that he wants to see the world. He first travels around China, then ends up as an exchange student in the Netherlands. From there, he sets out to..