Eastward to Tartary

Eastward to Tartary

By Robert D. Kaplan

Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9780375705762, 384pp.

Publication Date: October 23, 2001

Eastward to Tartary," "Robert Kaplan's first book to focus on a single region since his bestselling Balkan Ghosts, introduces readers to an explosive and little-known part of the world destined to become a tinderbox of the future.
Kaplan takes us on a spellbinding journey into the heart of a volatile region, stretching from Hungary and Romania to the far shores of the oil-rich Caspian Sea. Through dramatic stories of unforgettable characters, Kaplan illuminates the tragic history of this unstable area that he describes as the new fault line between East and West. He ventures from Turkey, Syria, and Israel to the turbulent countries of the Caucasus, from the newly rich city of Baku to the deserts of Turkmenistan and the killing fields of Armenia. The result is must reading for anyone concerned about the state of our world in the decades to come.

About the Author
Robert D. Kaplan, a correspondent for" The Atlantic Monthly", is the author of more than a dozen books on travel and foreign affairs that have been translated into many languages. They included "Eastward to Tartary: Travels in the Balkans, the Middle East, and the Caucasus "and "Balkan Ghosts: A Journey Through History."

Praise For Eastward to Tartary

"Erudite and intrepid... [Kaplan] is a deft guide to wherever he chooses to lead you."
--The New York Times Book Review

"Packed with provocative insights."
--Washington Monthly

"A graceful writer... Providing historical (and cultural and religious) context is what Kaplan does best."
--Los Angeles Times