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Uzbekistan the Golden Road to Samarkand (Odyssey Uzbekistan) [Paperback]

Calum MacLeod , Bradley Mayhew
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1 Oct 2011 Odyssey Uzbekistan
This is the nation at the crossroads of ancient trade routes. This is the only comprehensive guide to this former Soviet republic. Samarkand, Khiva and Bukhara cities are more than 25 centuries old. These are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This title highlights Tamerlane the Great, local traditions, Islamic art in Uzbekistan and ancient buildings. Bound by sand and snow, fed by meltwater from the Roof of the World, the fertile oases across Uzbekistan attracted the greatest travellers and conquerors in history along the fragile threads of the Silk Road. Central to this ancient trade route, the turquoise domes of Tamerlane's Samarkand - some of the world's most evocative architectural symbols - and the holy city of Bukhara, which boasts a mosque for each day of the year, or the desert-girdled khanate of Khiva, offer the world a breathtaking architectural legacy. Let the images of ancient Silk Road caravanserais and trading centers capture your imagination through this ground-breaking guide. The precious mosaics, ribbed turquoise cupolas and majestic minarets that define the skyline will leave you spellbound.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Odyssey Publications,Hong Kong; 7th edition edition (1 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9622178235
  • ISBN-13: 978-9622178236
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 14 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 280,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The best guidebook to bring is the Uzbekistan volume in the Odyssey series... It is one of those rare travel guides that is a joy to read whether or not you are planning a trip." (New York Times) "...Quite excellent. No one should visit Samarkand, Bukhara or Khiva without this meticulously researched guide..." (Peter Hopkirk, author of The Great Game)" --Peter Hopkirk

About the Author

Bradley Mayhew was born in Sevenoaks, Kent in 1970 and currently lives in Yellowstone County, Montana, USA. A degree in Oriental Studies (Chinese) at Oxford University kickstarted 20 years of independent travel in the remoter corners of Asia, and a career writing guidebooks. He is the author or co-author of Lonely Planet guides to Central Asia, Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal and many others and is a major contributor to the Insight Guide to the Silk Road. Bradley has lectured on Central Asia to the Royal Geographical Society and recently travelled across Asia in the footsteps of Marco Polo for a five-hour French-German TV documentary. Calum MacLeod is the Asia Correspondent for the newspaper USA Today. He graduated in Oriental Studies (Chinese) from Wadham College, Oxford University, and has travelled extensively through Central Asia. A Beijing resident, and co-author of China Remembers (OUP), Calum has lectured on Uzbekistan to the Royal Geographical Society, London.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uzbekistan Travels 14 April 2012
By Martin
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This is a very readable and easily accessed book which is remarkably well informed and, indeed, full of useful and illuminating information. It has been effectively updated (2012) and as a consequence provides the intending or actual traveller with practical guidelines as well as historical, cultural and political perspectives which serve to contextualise and extend experience. Photographs, maps and brief quotations from relevant sources all serve to complement an excellent text.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good reference book, not great travel guide 26 July 2012
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Bought this as it was the only "travel guide" that covered only Uzbekistan. For me it did not work as a travel guide as the descriptions of what to see and how to get around were diffcult to follow in the book and much more of a challange when in the country. The details, stories and historic elements of the book was excellent though and gave us a great deal of background. It was also useful to read in the evenings to review what we had seen during the day. My recommondation would be to stick with the the travel guide leaders, Lonely Planet, Frommers etc.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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This book is a 'must' for visitors to Uzbekestan. The photographs are of a high quality and the text gives relevant and interesting background information as well as practical details. An example of this is a very helpful sketch plan of the Bibi Khanum mosque in Samarkand and the Shah i Zinda necropolis which are not given in the more popular travel guides. These plans are invaluble when confronted with a new site. There is also a good list of interesting web sites.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Uzbekistan guidebook 11 Nov 2012
By Vedran
This is probably the best Uzbekistan guidebook that is currently available on the market. It is heavy on everything: historical information, local culture and customs, practical information as where to sleep, eat and what to see with all the prices listed.
The thing I liked most about this guidebook is the excellent sightseeing routes in every city they recommend, without backtracking.
This was my best friend on my trip to Uzbekistan!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read before you leave 12 Mar 2014
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This book is a bit too heavy to carry but its full of background information, historical background and great photos - so I read it before I left and kept it as a souvenir
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