In Search of Kazakhstan: The Land that Disappeared Paperback – 10 Apr 2008
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...extremely entertaining and informative...hilarious. (Daily Telegraph)
cracking tale...both hysterically funny and surprisingly moving...you will savour every page. (News of the World)
Discovers a misunderstood and changing land ... a superlative addition to the literature of travel. (Observer)
Extremely entertaining and informative ... hilarious. (Independent)
... an entertaining and chatty guide to a country that has been shrouded in mystery. (Glasgow Herald)
A welcome antidote to the made up world of Borat. (The Times Magazine)
Borat has got it all wrong. Kazakhstan is far more interesting and entertaining than he'd have us believe. In fact it's probably the most surprising country on earth, and certainly one of the most tolerant.See all Product Description
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It contains the inside story on how the USSR really worked, what the gulag was like from people who survived it, how and why the new currency (the tenge) was secretly planned, how arab countries offered to pay them to keep their SS18 ICBMs, and how Iran and Iraq tried to buy weapons grade material.
This book is a serious bit of writing and impressed me a lot. If you want to know more about a country which is in the news because of oil then I recommend this book highly.
I bought this book as background reading for a business trip. It would be an equally good read even if you had no intention of visiting (it might just tempt you though!) It is an enjoyable romp through the country which introduces you to the history, geography, politics, culture and people in a conversational rather than lecturing manner. All travel books (although it's not just a travel book) should be written like this. I feel much more informed as a result.
Thanks for great read!
I thoroughly enjoyed this quirky, intriguing book.
In fact, I'm going there this year, and I learned tons from this book to go to Almaty with far more knowledge of the place than I would've had from dry travel guides.
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My idea of a perfect travel book. Fluent and readable, exploring various aspects of a country about which I knew almost nothing, combining amusing present day anecdotes,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by S Litton
A really excellent book. Initially I bought this as a travel book, but the author gives some excellent historical and current information about the country. Read morePublished 8 months ago by K. Dunn
Very entertaining read. Offers an informative though not terribly critical account of Kazakhstan and it's history.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Well-written, interesting, amusing in places, and giving a good insight into Kazakhstan and its people. It made e glad I have the opportunity. To go there.Published 10 months ago by Shirley
Beautifully interesting and full of affection for this warm and little-known people and countryPublished 14 months ago by Mally
This is a fascinating book for learning about Kazakhstan. My only complaint is that it cost me a lot of money as a result of reading it. Read morePublished 15 months ago by James O. Croft
This was absolutely brilliant! Really well written and interesting to read. This isn't just a factual book, it includes the author's experiences in the country. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Daniel