Restless Valley

Restless Valley

Revolution, Murder, and Intrigue in the Heart of Central Asia

eBook - 2013
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A reporter’s vivid account of Central Asia’s wild recent history—violent in the extreme and rife with characters both heroic and corrupt

It sounds like the stuff of a fiction thriller: two revolutions, a massacre of unarmed civilians, a civil war, a drug-smuggling highway, brazen corruption schemes, contract hits, and larger-than-life characters who may be villains . . . or heroes . . . or possibly both. Yet this book is not a work of fiction. It is instead a gripping, firsthand account of Central Asia’s unfolding history from 2005 to the present.

Philip Shishkin, a prize-winning journalist with extensive on-the-ground experience in the tumultuous region above Afghanistan’s northern border, focuses mainly on Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. Both nations have struggled with the enormous challenges of post-Soviet independent statehood; both became entangled in America’s Afghan campaign when U.S. military bases were established within their borders. At the same time, the region was developing into a key smuggling hub for Afghanistan’s booming heroin trade. Through the eyes of local participants—the powerful and the powerless—Shishkin reconstructs how Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan have ricocheted between extreme repression and democratic strivings, how alliances with the United States and Russia have brought mixed blessings, and how Stalin’s legacy of ethnic gerrymandering incites conflict even now.

Baker & Taylor
A reporter offers a gripping firsthand account of Central Asia's wild recent history, violent in the extreme and rife with characters both heroic and corrupt.

& Taylor

Offers a firsthand account of Kyrgyzstan's and Uzbekistan's wild recent history as they both have struggled with the challenges of post-Soviet independent statehood and entanglement in America's Afghan campaign.

Publisher: New Haven ;, London :, Yale University Press,, [2013]
ISBN: 9780300185980
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xi, 316 pages) : illustrations, map


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