One of the largest rivers in the world, the Indus rises in the Tibetan mountains and flows west across northern India and south through Pakistan. It has been worshipped as a god, used as a tool of imperial expansion, and today is the cement of Pakistanâ€™s fractious union. Alice Albinia follows the river upstream, through two thousand miles of geography and back to a time five thousand years ago when a string of sophisticated cities grew on its banks.
â€œThis turbulent history, entwined with a superlative travel narrativeâ€ ( The Guardian ) leads us from the ruins of elaborate metropolises, to the bitter divisions of today. Like Rory Stewartâ€™s The Places In Between , Empires of the Indus is an engrossing personal journey and a deeply moving portrait of a river and its people.
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