Item description for Uzbekistan: The Golden Road to Samarkand (Odyssey Illustrated Guide) by Calum MacLeod, Bradley Mayhew & Calum Macleod ...
From the blue-tiled splendor of Tamerlane's Samarkand to the holy city of Bukhara, which boasts a mosque for each day of the year, and beyond to the desert-girdled khanate of Khiva, Uzbekistan lays claim to a breathtaking architectural legacy. Bound by sand and snow, fed by meltwater from the Roof of the World, these fertile oases attracted the greatest travelers and conquerors in history along the fragile threads of the Silk Road. This groundbreaking guide, now extensively revised and updated, focuses on the wealth of sites and colorful legends at the heart of Central Asia, plus the best of the restexcursions covering the major attractions of neighboring republics Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.
Still the only guide to cover this former Soviet republic, offering informative insights into the history, religion and culture of Uzbekistan
Up-to-date practical information for the traveler, covering visas, customs and specialist travel agencies
Hints for business visitors
Special topics include the disappearance of the Aral Sea, and the life and death of Tamerlane the Great
Updated information on transport, food and accommodation for each city and site
Useful maps, together with detailed plans of principal sites
Suggested excursions to neighboring republics, including Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan
92 color photographs
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More About Calum MacLeod, Bradley Mayhew & Calum Macleod
Calum MacLeod is the Asia Correspondent for the newspaper USA Today. He graduated in Oriental Studies (Chinese) from Wadham College, Oxford University, and has travelled extensively through Central Asia. A Beijing resident, and co-author of China Remembers (OUP), Calum has lectured on Uzbekistan to the Royal Geographical Society, London.
Calum MacLeod was born in 1913 and died in 1977 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Queen Margaret University, UK.
Reviews - What do customers think about Uzbekistan: The Golden Road to Samarkand (Odyssey Illustrated Guide)?
The best guide for Uzbekistan Sep 15, 2007
I lived in Uzbekistan for two years, and at the time this was the only reliable guide to sightseeing in the country. Well researched and full of historical anecdotes. Re-reading the book only makes me want to return to this very complex nation.
The Golden Road to Samarkand Jul 20, 2006
This book is not only the definitive and most comprehensive but it is also the most uncannily accurate and comprehensive guide to Uzbekistan in 2006. Throughout our travels from Tashkent to Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand and back to Tashkent it was our bible, not only helping us to negotiate the culture but directed us to the 'must do' places to see or visit. In fact it made eveything about the country utterley comprehensible - from food and culture to history and politics. It came home very badly thumbed. Brilliant!
Best Guide Yet! Feb 2, 2002
I live and work in the heart of Central Asia. Of all the guide books available, this one is the best yet. Not only does it have beautiful color photos and maps, the history articles are excellent. Beware: when you open up this book on the streets of Samarkand, Bukhara, or Khiva, people will gather around to view it! It's so good, I am ordering a full class room set for my students to use in the Uzbekistan studies part of our curriculum at Tashkent International School.
Precise and Modern Sep 17, 2001
This is not a mere travel guidance of Uzbekistan, but one of the best scientific articles full of joyful information spiced with humanistic reaction of the authors toward the legacy of Silk Road and Soviet Russian history. Names of people, telephone number, street name, as well as social and political information are all correct. Evaluation of the hotel accommodation including smart managers and busters is illustrated interestingly. If the authors would be aware of the fact that the inattentive attitude of the people in some area shows the existence of military secrets, this book might have shown a different flavor. Because I have given this book to my friend in Uzbekistan, I would like to order you another copy.
Beautiful, Detailed Jul 26, 2001
Although at times this guidebook serves as an outlet for the authors' intellectual and personal preoccupation with the region, thereby losing its practicality for the reader, overall it is both helpful and beautifully written, brimming with sensory and cultural detail... The authors do not just tell you to go to a bazaar in Samarkand; they take you there, weaving you through narrow streets and by beer vendors, letting you smell the shashlik, nudging you to watch out for pickpockets. Because the authors do not miss a beat, this guide is at times almost a virtual tour of the country. Because the region is unstable and consequently dynamic, this book is now somewhat outdated in certain areas. The two need to update the edition.