Frederick Burnaby was the most interesting man in the Empire: soldier, spy, raconteur and a practical joker. Making a 1,000 ride through Turkey he details the great power competition with Russia, religious fanaticism of the Middle East, and a world few Westerners have ever seen. And he managed to tell the tale like he just came back from a cocktail party. Sure, it was the 1880's, but... plus ça change.

On Horseback Through Asia Minor vol. 1