First published in 1878, this is the story of Frederick Burnaby s harrowing thousand mile winter journey from Constantinople to eastern Turkey War between Turkey and Russia threatened, and Burnaby was on a mission to discover whether the Turks could resist a potential thrust toward Constantinople by the Russian Empire This entertaining account, a bestseller of its time, will appeal to armchair travelers, military history buffs, and anyone interested in the history of this fascinating and tumultuous region British soldier and writer FREDERICK BURNABY 1842 1885 was a member of the Royal Horse Guards, and in 1882, he became the first balloonist to cross the English Channel alone Three years later, he died from a spear wound sustained in battle in the Sudan He also wrote A Ride to Khiva 1876....
|Title||:||On Horseback Through Asia Minor|
|Publisher||:||Cosimo Classics April 15, 2007|
|Number of Pages||:||440 pages|
|File Size||:||590 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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On Horseback Through Asia Minor Reviews
It is a very poorly written book. It jumps all over the place and has a non-focused theme. I am sorry that I ever thought it might be a good read.
Fred Burnaby did as much as possible, often using his intelligence over his admirable physical strength!
This book is a joy for the armchair traveler. It takes you back to a place and a time, to a Turkish winter in the waning days of the Ottoman Empire. Burnaby's style is immediate, and compellingly readable. He lets you feel the mud, the cold, the mood of the times -- and the exotic east. It's great stuff. Crossing Anatolia by horseback in the winter, trying to track down rumors then circulating in Europe of anti-Armenian sentiment among the Turks, Burnaby finds the rumors to be baseless. But through every step of his wild goose chase, while we follow him through village after village, Burnaby describes in colorful detail the environment, and the people he meets. The first three-quarters of this book read like fiction, like a good, rollicking adventure story. It doesn't have a crisis near the end, like an adventure novel would, but Burnaby's story is all the better for being true.