The soldier, mystic and explorer francis younghusband, who fulfilled the romantic dreams of the late british empire, was once as legendary a figure as lawrence of arabia. He lives again most vividly and entertainingly in this remarkable book. ' michael holroydin this travelling biography, patrick french tells the story of the man who held the world record for the 300-yard dash, discovered a new overland route from china to india, and organized the early assaults on mount everest. In 1904 it was francis younghusband who single-handedly turned a small diplomatic mission into a full-scale military invasion of the last unexplored country on earth: tibet. Younghusband spent much of his early life as a leading player in the great game -- the battle of wits over the uncharted territory of high asia -- and his presumed death as a spy in the pamirs almost sparked off a war between british india and tsarist russia. But despite being a classic edwardian, full of pomposity and repression, in the post-first world war era, he led the way in outlandish, mystical philosophical and sexual free-thinking.
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