Red Shambhala: Magic, Prophecy, and Geopolitics in the Heart of Asia by Andrei Znamenski shares a “…sad testament of grand hopes and puny fates,” according to John L. Murphey’s recent review in PopMatters.

The review further reads, “Those lacking specialized knowledge of arcana have not learned much of this story, for until the fall of the Soviet empire, many records have been sequestered or linger in Russian-language academic journals. A few very minor slips in English usage reflect the author’s Russian origins, but these occasions are far outweighed by the valuable contributions he provides so the rest of us can learn about these events and their scholarly sources. The transcripts forced out of doomed prisoners about their role in this Red Shambhala project make for poignant reading.”

Click here to read the rest of this penetrating review, originally published August 12, 2011.

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