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
288 Pages
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
484 Pages
Lands of Lost Borders

Lands of Lost Borders

Harris, Kate

Lands of Lost Borders carried me up into a state of openness and excitement I haven't felt for years. It's a modern classic.--Pico Iyer

A brilliant, fierce...

June 11, 2019
Dey Street Books
336 Pages
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
Harry N. Abrams
464 Pages


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
312 Pages
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
402 Pages
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

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