Unknown Sands: Journeys Around the World's Most Isolated Country
Turkmenistan was once the world's most feared territory. Since the time of the Mongols, the nomadic tribes of its vast desert wastes were deemed ungovernable. Russians and Persians were captured as slaves and carried off by the fierce Turkmen. Even now, as an independent country located between the hot spots of Afghanistan and Iran, with one of the planet's largest natural gas reserves, Turkmenistan remains virtually unknown to the outside world. Unknown Sands penetrates this remote and harsh land. This is a personal story that blends two years of adventure with Turkmenistans tumultuous history to present an intriguing profile of the country and its people. This former Soviet territory offers a target-rich environment for the unusual including a surreal cult of Presidential personality, ancient ruins of the Silk Road, and a unique, mystical brand of Islam.
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Review: Unknown Sands: Journeys Around the World's Most Isolated CountryUser Review - Lyrel - Goodreads
This is the first book of any kind that I have read about Turkmenistan. It's interesting, but my Turkmen exchange student refutes some of what is written. I see it as a good introduction to an extremely private country. Read full review
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This is the third and best of the books I have read recently on Turkmenistan. The author is a government lawyer who follows his wife to Turkmenistan when she takes a job with the US embassy there. The ...
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