Item description for Tajikistan & The High Pamirs: A Companion and Guide (Odyssey Illustrated Guides) by Robert Middleton & Huw Thomas...
Fringed by the two great rivers of Central Asia, the Oxus and the Jaxartes, Tajikistan can boast not only of breathtaking mountain scenery, but also of 3,000 years of history. The land where Alexander the Great fought desperately against the Scythian nomads, his most formidable adversaries, Tajikistan is an ancient cradle of Persian culture. Originally, it was the home of the Sogdians, the famous trading peoples of the Silk Road; eventually this country was at the heart of the 19th century "Great Game", a place of contention for the adventurers and spies of Britain and Imperial Russia. Now recovering from the misfortunes of the 20th centurythe travails of Soviet rule and several years of civil warit is able to offer visitors not only its legacies of cultural and ethnic diversity, but also unparalleled opportunities for adventure.
Vital insight into a crucially positioned nation Dushanbe, Central Asia's friendliest capital city Mountaineering and trekking on the roof of the world Historical insights into explorers and travelers of the ancient Silk Road Culture, music and ethnic traditions Essays on wildlife, botany, geology and archeology including a contribution by Dr George Schaller Published to appeal to the armchair traveler as well as the intrepid visitor Comprehensive introduction to "one of the world's best-kept secrets" Exceptional cartography 209 color photos, 17 maps & drawings
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.35" Width: 6.06" Height: 1.89" Weight: 2.78 lbs.
Release Date Jun 23, 2008
ISBN 9622177735 ISBN13 9789622177734
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More About Robert Middleton & Huw Thomas
Robert Middleton was born in 1911 and died in 1977.
Reviews - What do customers think about Tajikistan & The High Pamirs: A Companion and Guide (Odyssey Illustrated Guides)?
Excellent and authoritative text May 11, 2009
This product is more than a travel guide. It lies somewhere between a guide and in-depth view of Tajikistan's history, culture, geography and customs. It borrows heavily from authoritative guest writers and provides the reader with an expansive and detailed window on a rarely explored world.
A great book.
Great Guide Book Mar 23, 2009
It's a fantastic book with up-to-date information and a plethora of interesting and obscure facts. I am traveling to Tajikistan this summer and will definitely take this with me. My only issue is that more than half of the book is dedicated to the eastern part of the country, the Pamirs. The majority of the population doesn't live in that section, it being mostly mountains and all, so as a non-mountain climber and not particularly fascinated with the history of the mountain ranges I didn't really care for so much detail on a relatively unpopulated section - no offense to the rugged Ismailis and others living there.
But the amount and quality of the detail for cities, paths, hotels, villages, restaurants, and the like this book is unparalleled.
Who Needs a Tajik Lonely Planet When This Guide Fills the Bill? Jan 29, 2009
Not just a travel guide book, but a popular history, a flora and fauna gazetteer, and a detailed look at the "Great Game" and the exploration of the Pamir Mountains, the Odyssey Guide to Tajikistan provides both the essentials for any tourist to the country and a relatively in-depth background of the entire region. Shaped by its geography (93% mountainous) and its experience with conquerors (from Alexander the Great to the Soviets), Tajikistan is a practically untouristed part of the globe. And as the Odyssey Guide makes plain, Tajikistan's tourist infrastructure is hardly worth so grand a name for that very reason. But for the hardy and the adventuresome, this book will get you where you need to be, with useful practical tips on travel, touring, and bureaucratic maneuvering.
Wonderfully illustrated and cleverly written by a variety of authors, it is a joy to read, even if you don't plan on traveling to Tajikistan, but it appears to be a wonderful reference for once you're there. I can't wait to take it in-country and give its suggestions a spin.
very complete guide book Sep 1, 2008
Very thorough guide book, full of useful information and details. just one remark...a bit too heavy to be carried in the backpack!