This book follows a strict chronology: beginning with the origins of the Crimean Tatars, and then proceeding to the establishment of an independent Crimean Khanate, its later incorporation into the Ottoman Empire and then the Russian Empire, and lastly, how the Crimean Tatars had fared under Soviet rule until the late 70's, when this book was written.
I deducted one star for readability; the author has unfortunately taken a topic which is innately exciting and interesting and made it quite dry. Erik Hildiger's single chapter on the Crimean Tatars in Warriors of The Steppes: A Military History of Central Asia made me hungry for more about these people, but this work left me unsatisfied.
I deducted the second star for the book's seeming anti-Russian bias. Both the Russians and the Tatars behaved badly towards each other, of that there is no doubt. The Crimean Tatar economy for centuries was based primarily on capturing Russians and selling them into slavery. I'll let you digest that for a moment. As Ottoman power waned and Russian power grew, Russian control over the Crimea increased as well and resulted in many actions which can only be described as vengeful and petty, culminating in the tragedy of the mass deportation of the Crimean Tatars to Central Asia, mainly Uzbekistan, in 1944.
So far, so good. But then the author consistently passes judgement on all unjust Russian actions, but explains away all of the unjust Tatar actions with some words to this effect: "The Tatar behavior was understandable in light of previous Russian activities, etc."
Particularly silly in this regard was the author's comment, when reporting the Soviet authorities' imposition of the Cyrillic alphabet on the Tatar language, that Cyrillic is inherently unsuitable for writing Turkic languages, but that the Latin based alphabet is. Both the Cyrillic and Latin alphabets can and have been altered with the addition of additional or merely modified letters, with great success. In fact, I just checked in Gilyarevsky and Grivnin's Languages Identification Guide and find that the Tatar language, as written with Cyrillic, requires 8 additional letters - which, interestingly, is exactly how many additional letters the language required when it was written in the Arabic alphabet. Turkish, written in the Latin alphabet, uses 10 additional letters. So I think the author's contention is unfounded, and based on what I suspect is an inability to say anything positive about Russia or things Russian.
The remaining 3 stars I left for the fact that, as the previous reviewer noted, there is not much available about the Crimean Tatars in English, and the book is worth owning for its informational value, for anyone interested in Turkic peoples or steppe peoples and history more generally.