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The Heart of the World: a Tibetan Journey

It’s one of the most enlightening, well-written books I’ve ever encountered in my life. It’s a non-fiction adventure-travelogue by a rogue National Geographic explorer hiking all over the Himalayas with a mystic sherpa looking for Shangri-La, dealing with shady porters, leeches, local weirdos, sickness, and, of course, the Chinese Army. It reads like Survivorman Les Stroud meets Rudyard Kipling crossed with Indiana Jones. It’s pretty much my personal Bible, or would be if I were religious.