The Khyber Pass

The Khyber Pass

A History of Empire and Invasion

Book - 2008
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Combining personal travelogue with history, Paddy Docherty chronicles the story of the Khyber Pass, the gorge separating Afghanistan from Pakistan and northern India that has been the path of invasion for generations of aspiring conquerors.
Docherty paints a fascinating historical portrait of mountain warriors, religious visionaries, artists, scientists, and figures from Alexander the Great to Genghis Khan—and examines the Pass’s modern significance as a lawless region of gunsmiths, drug smugglers, Taliban fighters and Al Qaeda operatives.  Through his own travels in this frontier region (from Pakistan through the Khyber to Kabul), Paddy Docherty brings the Pass’s epic history into the 21st century.


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The Khyber Pass is the mountain pass that links Pakistan and Afghanistan and has for centuries served as an important route for trade and contending armies. This book reconstructs the history of cultural and military exchange involving the Khyber Pass for the past 2,500 years, from the rise of Darius's Persian Empire to battleground in the "War on Terror." Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York : Union Square Press, 2008
ISBN: 9781402756962
Characteristics: xxvi, 261 p. [8] p.of plates : ill. (some col.), maps ; 24 cm

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