- Series: Studies of Central Asia and the Caucasus
- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Routledge (January 15, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765630036
- ISBN-13: 978-0765630032
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.1 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,256,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Azerbaijan Since Independence (Studies of Central Asia and the Caucasus)
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Not impressed. The introductory chapters on Imperial and Soviet Azerbaijan are okay, although the 70 years of Soviet Azerbaijan really aren't done much justice. But then the trouble starts.
The description of the early post-Soviet period is pretty terrible. It reads like a freshman student writing a term paper after only reading Goltz' book as source material. Unsupported allegations are rife and the writing is just plain bad. But things don't improve when the Alievs enter the scene. The author thanks the current president, Ilham Aliev, in his preface, and that's never a good sign. The tone of the chapters on the Aliev (pere et fils) period is just worshipful, and that raises huge questions about the completeness or reliability. I do appreciate the author's persistent noting of electoral fraud in Alievistan but even so, this is almost as bad as that ghastly biography of Nazarbayev written by some British politico. Even Goltz provided more depth in his portrayal of Aliev.
Given what's been going on in the reviews and comments so far, any review of any book like this will apparently turn into an Armenian-Azeri poo-flinging contest, so before the poo starts flying, let me just say this book left me dissatisfied. I'm still looking for a GOOD study of Aliev and the house he built.