Peter Hopkirk is a British journalist, author, and historian who’s written six books based off of different regions he’s traveled to around the world. Foreign Devils on the Silk Road tells the story of foreign explorers searching for lost treasures of the Silk Road.

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My purpose is to put together . . . the story of these expeditions and to show what it was that drew such very different men to this remote and extremely inhospitable corner of China, at grave risk to their health and frequently to their lives.