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This is a great introduction to the area. The author writes about his own experiences but includes an equal amount of history. It's very informative and well-written.Published 21 days ago by Emily Montoya
The book sucked. The mention of the "sea" was not until the last chapter, and it was brief. I received a much more through education of this subject from Wikipedia!Published 3 months ago by christopher
I have been a fan of Tom Bissell's writing ever since I came across it in Harper's Magazine. I specifically remember reading a short story set in Central Asia that eventually would... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Patrick Mc Coy
Excelkent book. Very well written. The author does a great job of weaving in history of the region with his experiences in today's Uzbekustan. Read morePublished on November 2, 2013 by SQS
As a former Peace Corps volunteer from Central Asia, and a person having worked in Central Asia several years beyond that, I found this book very irritating. Read morePublished on March 18, 2012 by D. R. M.
The title is a bit of a misnomer. Bissell really spends most of his time not even anywhere close to the Aral Sea but exploring Uzbekistan. Read morePublished on November 12, 2011 by Brian Maitland
I've been reading pretty widely in the travel literature genre for ten years or so now, and I try to finish anything I pick up. Read morePublished on January 27, 2010 by A Reader
The author writes from a fund of historic knowledge about a place little known to most Americans, Uzbekistan. Read morePublished on May 9, 2009 by Mary Carhart
This book reads like an interesting travel diary, interspersed with historical asides that appear to have been culled from secondary sources. Read morePublished on January 6, 2009 by Kuru