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Kazakhstan: Nomadic Routes from Caspian to Altai (Odyssey Illustrated Guides) [Paperback]

By Dagmar Schreiber (Author)
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A country larger than Western Europe, Kazakhstan's vast expanse encompasses the Great Steppe, across which Genghis Khan's Mongol hordes galloped; the heights of the Tien Shan in the south, through whose foothills Silk Road travelers journeyed; the exquisite lakes and valleys of the Altai mountains in the northeast, and in the far west the archeologically rich desert coast of the Caspian Sea. With independence and the discovery of oil has come huge change, yet Kazakhstan remained one of the least known of Asian countries until the Borat movie took the world by storm in 2006. Now, this land of rich history, welcoming people and whirling bazaars shares its wonders with a curious world.

• First dedicated English language guide to Kazakhstan—a huge and diverse country
• The "Borat" phenomenon and its double-edged effect
• Baikonur, Genghis Khan, Tamerlane and the Silk Road
• The future of Kazakhstan's energy resources
• Investment potential for businessmen
• Kazakhstan's archeological wealth
• Architecture from Astana to Almaty to Aktau
• Holidays by the Caspian Sea
• Superb photography from the grandeur of the Tien Shan and Altai mountains across the Great Steppe to the Caspian Sea
• 126 color photos and 9 maps & plans

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Odyssey
Pages   456
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 6.1" Height: 1.3"
Weight:   2.25 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 29, 2008
Publisher   Odyssey
ISBN  9622177891  
ISBN13  9789622177895  

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More About Dagmar Schreiber

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dagmar Schreiber was part of a three-year study project by the World Bank on living standards in Kazakhstan during the 1990s. She fell in love with the country, and subsequently formed a small, Berlin-based tour agency in 2003, specializing in eco-trips designed to reveal Kazakhstan at its best. She now splits her time between Berlin and Almaty, where she works as a consultant with one of the country s main ecotourism operators.

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This is NOT a Trekking, Mountaineering, or Riding Guide  Aug 27, 2009
I ordered this book expecting it would be a guide to hiking, trekking, horseback riding and mountaineering in Kazakhstan, certainly that is what its title -- Nomadic Routes -- would imply to me. Instead, it is a general tour guide to the country and not a nature guide. As a tour guide goes, it provides the things you need to know as a first time traveler, with a very nice overview of the country's history and food and lovely photos of the scenery. However, even in that class, the paperback is impractical as it weighs nearly two pounds.

I have hiked, trekked and gone by horse in many countries, including Mongolia, and I was expecting a guide with local trail maps, topographical maps, a list of national parks, and charts rating routes for their complexity and none of that was in here. It offers overviews of what are the dominant sights in Kazakhstan, but even these are not clearly organized by province or orientation. The book drifts east to west, then meanders north to south -- vaguely. The one provincial map in the book has font so tiny as to be almost completely illegible even though the map spans two pages. There is little in the way of information of how to get in and out of each area, be it by rail, car, 4-wheel drive, or air. Also, for such a remote area, the glossary of useful Kazakh expressions is incredibly sparse, offering only about 40 terms -- including numbers! If you need to tell the doctor you fell and sprained your knee or tell the police you lost your passport skiing, you will be out of luck. If you are looking for a "Lonely Planet" type guide to the country, this is not it.
Wonderful Introduction to Kazakhstan  Apr 21, 2009
If you are visiting the country or you are at all interested in Kazakh culture - I strongly recommend purchasing this book. It is one of the best I have purchased. In addition - the photographs are beautiful.
Best Yet!  Oct 6, 2008
I look at most books on Kazakhstan as I have many interests and contacts there. I picked this one up out of curiosity and was delighted to find it has far more detail and interest than the usual travel guide, with outstanding photography (including two- page spreads), essays on "Special topics" like petroglyphs, and literary excerpts. The information in any area I know about is correct and up to date. I must say I was surprised and pleased to see several people I know there referenced as contacts-- I can assure you they are good ones. Such subjects as natural history and esoteric ones like hunting with eagles and the local "tazi" dogs are accurate, something I have not seen often in guidebooks. "Kazakhstan" is both a good guidebook and a wonderful armchair tour of the country

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