Excerpt from a review written by Mary Sloan, published in the Journal of International Affairs, Volume XVII, Summer/Fall 2014.
“In Proceed to Peshawar, George J. Hill tells the story of the first U.S. officials to be invited into the border region between Afghanistan and India, now Pakistan. This 1943 expedition was commissioned by the British and intended to highlight the difficulties that they were encountering with the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) and Baluchistan tribes. In the context of the century-old British-Russian rivalry in Central Asia, and with WWII straining Britain’s ability to resource its empire, it was hoped that the American officers would see the importance of the region and the British (or potentially American) role in it. […]
Proceed to Peshawar offers a glimpse into a time in which U.S. military officers could freely travel the Durand Line, constrained only by geography.”