Hopkirk, P. (1992). The great game: The struggle for empire in central Asia. New York: Kodansha International.
A history book that is actually entertaining and fascinating to read. Covers British, Russian and other powers' attempts to control Central Asia and India in the 18th and 19th centuries. Offers context for today's issues in that region, and general knowledge about an area that few of us in the US study. The only flaw I see in this book is that the Soviet archives were not accessible in 1992, but otherwise, the old publishing date does not detract from the history.
Copies of this book at UW-Madison Libraries
Submitted by Michael McFarlane