Central Asia

Chasing the Sea: Lost Among the Ghosts of Empire in Central Asia
In 1996, Tom Bissell went to Uzbekistan as a na-ve Peace Corps volunteer. Though he lasted only a few months before illness and personal crisis forced him home, Bissell found himself entranced by...
October 12, 2004
416 Pages


Dandrea, Don

Seven centuries ago, Mongolia's Genghis Khan, or universal ruler, conquered half the known world. With his Mongol hordes, he vanquished more land and people than Alexander the Great, the Roman...

September 1, 2012
Pineapple Press
334 Pages
Red Sands: Reportage and Recipes Through Central Asia, from Hinterland to Heartland
Winner of the André Simon Food Book Award 2020

Red Sands follows in the footsteps of Caroline Eden's previous volume Black Sea. Both are pleasures to read, triangulating...

November 17, 2020
Quadrille Publishing
Sovietistan: Travels in Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekista
An unforgettable journey through Central Asia, one of the most mysterious and history-laden regions of the world.

Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan became...

July 13, 2021
Pegasus Books
Inside Central Asia: A Political and Cultural History of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kaza
In this comprehensive new treatment, renowned political writer and historian Dilip Hiro places the politics, peoples, and cultural background of this critical region firmly into the context of...
November 1, 2011


Ibbotson, Sophie ; Lovell-Hoar
Written and updated by expert authors who have extensive experience of living and working in Central Asia, this new, fully updated third edition of Bradt's Uzbekistan remains the definitive and only...
January 23, 2020
Bradt Travel Guides
The Horse Boy: A Memoir of Healing
When his son Rowan was diagnosed with autism, Rupert Isaacson was devastated, afraid he might never be able to communicate with his child. But when Isaacson, a lifelong horseman, rode their neighbor...
April 2, 2010
Back Bay Books
In Search of Zarathustra: Across Iran and Central Asia to Find the Worlds First Prophe
Long before the first Hebrew temple, before the birth of Christ or the mission of Muhammad, there lived in Persia a prophet to whom we owe the ideas of a single god, the cosmic struggle between good...
March 9, 2004
The Travels of Marco Polo

The Travels of Marco Polo

Polo, Marco ; Goodwin, Jason ;
Marco Polo's account of his journey throughout the East in the thirteenth century was one of the earliest European travel narratives, and it remains the most important. The merchant-traveler from...
December 4, 2001
Modern Library
352 Pages
Wolf Totem

Wolf Totem

Rong, Jiang ; Goldblatt, Howar
China's runaway bestseller and winner of the inaugural Man Asian Literary Prize

Published in China in 2004, Wolf Totem has broken all sales records, selling millions of copies (...

March 31, 2009
Penguin Books
544 Pages

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