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The Lost Heart of Asia by Colin Thubron
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bookshelves: nonfiction-current-events, nonfiction-travel
Recommended for: people traveling to Central Asia, students of history
Read in March, 2004 , read count: 1

While Central Asia will not rise high and many people's lists of "must go" travel destinations, shortly after the fall of the Soviet Union, many researchers wanted in on the Central Asian Republics largely because they had remained such a dense black box for so long. Even during the Glasnost period of the mid 80's, many visitors were restricted from entering these hidden parts of the Soviet Union. So, when the Empire fell, and the Republics declared themselves autonomous, people interested in the area, for whatever reason, made plans to enter the dark center of Asia.

Written in the mid-90's, the book is largely outdated, as events have overcome much of the author's musings on the future of this part of the world. Still, his descriptions of a region on the cusp of major changes, yet still stuck in past habits (a theme that runs throughout most writing about Central Asia) will give perspective to students of the region on the events that would soon follow Mr. Thubron's visit. Despite historical obsolescence, his descriptions are entertaining and inspiring for people who enjoy traveling, especially to uncommon locations.
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