Numerous pictures and a detailed map are included in the book to help readers imagine the era Stein’s journey took place. Photos show some of the hardships endured and some of the people he and his group encountered along the way.
While the discovery remains a great find today, the authors write that Stein himself is barely recognized. They write, “Stein’s name barely registers today and the treasures he found are rarely on view, but the philosophy his work drew attention to has captured popular imagination.”
The book overall is a great slice of a particular history and a compelling portrait of a particular place. It is written in an exciting narrative and makes for a great reading experience.