I really enjoyed this collection of tales of the first non-asians to enter Tibet. Many published their own accounts later, but this was an excellent summary, and had the pacing of a thriller at times. It took me only seven days to read it in my few off hours.
With two major libraries near me, only one had a beat-up copy in the central archives, acquired thirty years ago. I am glad the person who dog-ears either stopped reading after the second chapter or gave up the habit. I just wish the food-eater had done the same - but unfortunately speckles of stuff were found all the way to the end.
This book deserves to be reprinted and possibly updated.