Eastward To Tartary

Eastward To Tartary

Travels In The Balkans, The Middle East, And The Caucasus

Book - 2000
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At its peak, the Ottoman empire stretched from Hungary to the Gulf of Aden to the Caspian Sea. Informed by a lifetime of travel and exploration, Eastward to Tartary takes you on a spellbinding journey into the heart of that still-unsettled region, a journey over land and through history. Seven years ago, Robert Kaplan published a book on an obscure corner of Eastern Europe that many Americans had never heard of. That book, Balkan Ghosts, became a classic of travel writing, a landmark work whose eloquence is matched by its influence. Eastward to Tartary is in part a sequel. Kaplan takes us through Turkey, across the Fertile Crescent, and into the volatile, oil-rich lands of the Caucasus and Central Asia, a region he describes as the Balkans of the future--explosive, strategically important, the new fault line between East and West. Through dramatic stories of unforgettable characters past and present, Kaplan illuminates the tragic history of the lands in which he travels. He ventures from the famed archaeological ruins of Syria to the markets of Lebanon to the military outposts of Turkey and Israel; from Baku, capital of new business and new oil, across the Caspian Sea to the deserts of Turkmenistan and back to the killing fields of Armenia. Eastward to Tartary is Kaplan's first book since Balkan Ghosts to focus on a single region--one that is as mystifying as it is mysterious. This enthralling book will introduce Americans to countries as unfamiliar to them now as the Balkans once were, as dangerous, and as important.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2000
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375502729
Branch Call Number: 956
Characteristics: xvi, 364 pages :,maps ;,25 cm


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Jan 17, 2015

Although about 15 years old now, this work by one of my favorite authors helps shed light on many little known countries, especially those that only achieved independence from the USSR less than ten years previously. He ventures alone with indefatigable resolve to the most remote locations, but always keeps the reader involved as he meditates upon the destiny of these struggling countries.

Sep 23, 2011

Beautifully written. You also learn about the history, both ancient and modern, in one of the world's hot beds of ethnic tensions. When you've finished the book, you feel you've been on a journey through time and space.


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