Mad about the Mekong: Exploration and Empire in South-East Asia
But recently the political obstacles have begun to be dismantled - river traffic is reviving. John Keay describes the world of the Mekong as it is today, rehabilitating a traumatised geography while recreating the thrilling and historic voyage of Garnier in 1866. The French expedition was intended to investigate the 'back door' into China by outflanking the British and American conduits of commerce at Hong Kong and Shanghai.
'A breathtaking account of one of the greatest ever feats of exploration ... A terrific story.' Literary Review
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