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Georgia: Sovereign Country of the Caucasus (Odyssey Illustrated Guide) [Paperback]

By Roger Rosen & Jeffrey Jay Foxx (Photographer)
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This long-awaited revised third edition to the original and most comprehensive guidebook in English about Georgia reflects the tumultuous geopolitical reality of the country in the new millennium. Bordered by the Caucasus Mountains to the north, the Black Sea to the west, Azerbaijan to the east and Turkey to the south, Georgia stands at the crossroads of Europe and Asia and as such occupies an extremely strategic position along the Silk Route. This fascinating land is home to one of the most hospitable people in the world whose culture dates back to the Bronze Age. This guide explores the various regions of the country in depth, focusing on the Golden Age of Georgian culture in art and architecture during the medieval period but by no means neglecting the bar and restaurant scene of today. Literary excerpts from renowned Georgian and European authors, as well as from the national epic, The Knight in the Panther's Skin, provide added insight. This is the guide to have when touring the Caucasus and the one the New York Times called, "the best guidebook to Georgia."
  • This guide explores an extraordinarily beautiful country which at the same time has enormous strategic importance within the region
  • Comprehensive study of the country's religion, art and architecture
  • Literary excerpts provide an insight into a culture little known in the West
  • Detailed section on local food, wine and Georgian hospitality
  • Overview of business environment
  • Authoritative history of Georgia from tribal rule to national independence
  • Useful websites
  • 101 color photographs
  • 22 maps and plans

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Odyssey Publications
Pages   384
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 5.5" Height: 7.75"
Weight:   1.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2004
Publisher   Odyssey Publications
ISBN  9622177484  
ISBN13  9789622177482  

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More About Roger Rosen & Jeffrey Jay Foxx

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Roger Rosen has been fascinated by Georgia since he was a student in Leningrad in 1975. His numerous and extensive travels through Georgia, his years of research and above all his many Georgian friends have made this book possible. A writer who makes his home in New York, he is also the president of the Rosen Publishing Group.

Roger Rosen currently resides in the state of New York.

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Want to know anything about the country of Georgia?  Jun 21, 2007
My friend's daughter and her husband recently were sent to Georgia as missionery's. Naturally she wanted to know everything she could find out about the place where her daughter is. She says it has been invaluable. When her daughter visits diffent parts of the country she can picture what it is like there. She also plans to visit her and feels she knows the place already before embarking on her trip.
a "guide" without "guidance"  Jun 9, 2007
The best thing one can say about this book is that the author's love for the people and culture of Georgia shines brightly; rather than the cynicism that peppers many guidebooks to the former Soviet Union, this one is written with genuine warmth and affection.

Regrettably, however, this very affection soon becomes one of the book's many, many flaws. Rosen's style is florid to the point of being laugh-out-loud funny: open any page at random and you're sure to find a sentence gushing with the moonstruck hyperbolic excesses of a hopeless sentimentalist. (Wish I could now provide examples, but I abandoned my copy of the book in Georgia.) Much worse, though, is the book's utter, utter uselessness as a travel guide. Rosen provides no practical information whatsoever for the independent traveler: where to stay, where to eat, how to get from point A to point B. Some phones and addresses for hotels and a very few for restaurants--the vast majority of them in Tbilisi--are appended without comment at the very end of the book, but no descriptions are provided, and no value judgments about the quality of the places are made. This is a "guide" wholly without "guidance"! Nor does the author get off the well-beaten tourist-track: nearly a third of the book is devoted just to Tbilisi, while entire regions (Guria, Racha, Kvemo Kartli and Samegrelo) are glossed over in a paragraph or two. Fabulous places like Bakhmaro don't merit so much as a mention.

How then does the author fill his 300-odd pages? With long-winded disquisitions on the art, architecture and history of the country. Some of this is interesting, some not, but none of it is useful once you're actually in Georgia. Fine to go on for pages and pages about the history of Gelati Monastery, for example, but the only thing you need to know once you're on the road is how to get there easily from Kutaisi...the one piece of information this book doesn't provide.

So, as PRE-DEPARTURE background reading, the book isn't completely without merit, especially for those who know little or nothing about the history of the Caucasus. (Some "background" areas where you'd expect to Rosen to be good, however, he comes up inexplicably short. I'm thinking particularly of the perfunctory sections on Georgian language and Georgian cuisine.) To actually help you get around Georgia, though, you're better off with any other travel guide. Tellingly, I lived in Georgia for nearly two years, and the entire time I was there this book sat gathering dust on my shelf, while whenever I needed some practical information I referred to the older Lonely Planet or Bradt guides--both flawed themselves, but far superior to this effort.
Comprehensive but boring  Mar 8, 2007
This book is quite comprehensive as it tries to describe many aspects of Georgian geography, history, culture and economics as well as being a tourist guide. Unfortunately, it is quite boring to read.
A great travel guide and coffee table book.  May 30, 2005
The best travel guide available for The Republic of Georgia. I had the Second Edition, so when the Third Edition came out I had to have it. I am a Georgian American who enjoys all things Georgian, especially sharing my heritage with others. This guide makes for a great coffee table book and a quick way to briefly share a little about Sakartvelo.

Visiting Georgia is not like visiting Europe, but if you are a traveler that doesn't mind things being a little unpredictable or a little rustic, or likes out of the ordinary trips like the Middle East, South America, etc. you'll have no problem. The warm-hearted hospitality of the Georgian people, their culture, food and wine, more than makes up for the problems of a country still pulling itself together after the ravages of communism.

The book covers a little of everthing - history, culture, information, maps, and of course beautiful photos of Georgia and its people. If there is a better guide to Georgia here in the U.S. I haven't come across it.

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