A woman travelling mostly alone through the heart of Muslim Central Asia is bound to encounter some unusual situations. Georgie Anne Geyer experienced her share in Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Uzbekistan, Tatarstan and Azerbaijan. She also learned a few things about a resource-rich region that will become more and more important for the United States. This book is an account of her adventures in these mysterious former Soviet republics: part-Third World travelogue and part history. Georgie Anne Geyer is the author of "Guerilla Prince: The Real Story of the Rise & Fall of Fidel Castro" and "Buying the Night: The Autobiography of a Woman Foreign Correspondent".
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Central Asia has been, and continues to be, the fracture zone among the peoples of Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. It is a region of deep ethnic divisions, economic chaos, political confusion, and enormous environmental problems. Both of these titles strongly convey a sense of increased political instability resulting from the collapse of the Soviet Union. Geyer, an American journalist who spent a month in 1992 in Tatarstan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Azerbaijan under the sponsorship of the Radio Free Europe Fund, skillfully weaves a fabric of political reportage, historical background, and personal travel narrative. Thubron (Where Nights Are Longest, Grove/Atlantic, 1987) travels even farther, and rougher, and complains less about his discomforts in doing so. Where Geyer interviews high-ranking officials, Thubron mingles with a cross section of people. He gets near the borders of China and Afghanistan, places seldom visited by foreigners. Both authors have a long-time fascination with the region, speak some Russian, and sympathize with the plight of all groups. We are fortunate to be offered two excellent books on a part of the world that deserves more attention in these dangerous times of shifting political and economic balances. Libraries should acquire both books, if they can.
Harold M. Otness, Southern Oregon State Coll. Lib., Ashland
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Book Description Brassey's Inc, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0028811100
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