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Books About the Silk Road

Posted on | November 22, 2012 | No Comments

Rudyard Kipling’s book describes an India and a world that no longer exists but the writing entrances like an old-time storyteller. I re-read this book while we were traveling across Central Asia and the story pulled me in as deeply as when I was first introduced to Kim, his Holy Man and their adventures on the Great Trunk Road.
Tournament of Shadows
This is the book I bought a few years ago to really learn about the clash of empires and culture of spies that evolved along the old Silk Road between Britain and Russia as they wrestled for mastery in the region. It is a tome but the cast of quirky characters and the epic scale of the events mean it reads like a modern adventure story.
The Silk Route
I picked this book up for my boys as a way to introduce them to the depth and breath of history of the Silk Road. This is a picture book intended for a younger (early elementary) audience but it is a great primer for a child of any age.
Stories From The Silk Road
I love teaching kids about history and culture via stories and this book is a classic example of that. The book is intended for older elementary aged kids but is a fun read even for teens and adults.
Insight Guides The Silk Road
I picked up a copy of this guidebook at the airport in Shanghai – just because the photos are so gorgeous. I tend to prefer more detailed, text-heavy guidebooks with plenty of listings. This is entirely different not least because it’s got so many stunning photos. We did use it with a Lonely Planet but this is the book I’ll be keeping as my memento of our trip.

The Passports with Purpose 2012 online fundraiser starts in just one week!! I’m extremely excited because this year I have a Silk Road-themed prize donated by Intrepid Travel. Check back on 11/28 for all the details.

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