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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Trailblazer Publications; 2nd edition (1 Jan. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1873756186
  • ISBN-13: 978-1873756188
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 11.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 271,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The year's most esoteric guide...an encyclopaedic companion' --The Independent (UK)

'If you are tempted by a region with white water rivers but no Western tourists Siberia has the potential. This book could even be called just a Siberian guide as it is packed with information on so many aspects of Siberian life and history right down to the complex and very time-consuming business of buying a railway ticket.' --The Canoeist (UK)

'Essential reading' --The Railway Magazine (UK)

About the Author

Athol Yates researched and wrote the first edition of this book. He has had a long fascination with Russian politics, history and language and has travelled extensively throughout Russia as a student, journalist, and researcher. He has an engineering degree, a Graduate Diploma in Soviet Studies, and a Masters in Public Policy. He studied Russian at Melbourne University, Moscow's Patrice Lumumba University, and Hungary's Egar Teachers' Institute. He is currently a policy analyst specialising in industry, defence and infrastructure policy in Canberra, Australia. Nicholas Zvegintzov researched and updated the second edition of this book. Born in England, he learned about Russia and travelling from his immigrant father. He has a degree from Oxford University in Psychology and Philosophy, and has studied Russian at Moscow State University. He lives in New York City and is a software consultant and writer, helping in the management and modification of existing software. He practises long-distance travel on the New York City Subway, the Moscow Metro, the London Underground and, of course, the BAM.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lukashenko on 12 Dec. 2012
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The sheer amount of detail contained within this book is simply incredible! The great thing about it is that not only does the book cover the BAM railway in great detail but it also covers other areas of Russia's north east Region such as the infamous 'Road of Bones'. I can only applaud the writers for managing to make such a thorough job of the book. Sadly no doubt much of the recommendations are now out of date so an updated version would be most welcome. I'd happily volunteer to research it!
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Nov. 1999
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It's unbelievable that someone has not only gone to the trouble to write this book, but that they've done such a fantastic job. And I'm writing about the first book that deals with such an esoteric niche travel market in far NE Siberia. Can't wait to see the new version.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Priscilla Lyons-Booth on 10 Nov. 2010
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If you travel, as many have, will or want to, on the Trans-Siberian Railway from Moscow to Vladivostok, there remains the question of getting home. Most will fly, either on to the USA and home, or back to Moscow and home that way. There is an alternative for those with the time and stamina. Take a hydrofoil ride from Kabarovsk down the Amur river to Komsomolsk-na-Amure and board the Baikal-Amur-Magister -BAM railway - to Taishet, where, some way west of Lake Baikal, it joins again with the Trans-Siberian. There is another alternative by rail to Moscow from there - The Southern Ural Route via Petropavlovsk, Kazakhstan to Russia's Capital. This book deals with the BAM railway and is packed with fascinating information. Be prepared for a bit more hardship than you'd expect on the Trans Sib, but there are recommendations for some fascinating overnight stops en route. The traveller will find himself a lot closer to the Russian far Eastern experience on this route.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Very informative 7 Mar. 2006
By ITARU DEKIO - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book contains very concise information about the route, cities and history. Such information is difficult to obtain in other books, and so very precious.

The book is also fun for train lovers to read.
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Great (albiet old) Guide 20 Aug. 2009
By Michael Goodine - Published on Amazon.com
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A great travel guide to a part of the world that is not often covered in such detail. The book is eight years old (as of 2009) and so not much good any more for prices and hotel recommendations, but this it is such a wonderful resource for planning a route and planning where to make stops on a BAM voyage.

The book also includes some great coverage of places north of the railway, including route planning information for a trip all the way to the Arctic Ocean.

Good stuff here.
good book 4 Jun. 2014
By Robert Walker - Published on Amazon.com
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Maybe about the only book to cover the BAM. It's a little out of date and somewhat strangely written in places - but overall it's a nice book and useful. Not so many people make this journey. If you do, know that the people along the BAM could not be nicer.
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Five Stars 6 Aug. 2014
By CLIFFORD R. SCOTT - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent book!!!
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