To Catch a Tartar

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To Catch a Tartar

Notes from the Caucasus

By Chris Bird

John Murray Publishers, Paperback, 9780719565069, 308pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2004

In To Catch a Tartar, Chris Bird traces a personal journey through the violent de-colonialization of the Soviet empire, recording a war in which lightly armed Chechen fighters held their own against tens of thousands of Russian troops, a conflict that in many essentials has not changed since Lermontov and Tolstoy fought the gortsy, the "mountaineers" of the Caucasus. Instructive and erudite, this is an absorbing history of a still-unknown corner of the world. Chris Bird is the former Caucasus correspondent for Agence France-Presse and The Associated Press.

About the Author
Chris Bird has over twenty-five years of horticultural teaching experience in guiding learners through the complete suite of Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) qualifications, together with other horticultural qualifications including the BTEC National Diploma and City and Guilds Subsidiary, Diploma and Extended Diploma. He has co-ordinated Sparsholt College's Chelsea Flower Show educational gardens for the past fourteen years, winning fourteen RHS show medals, including five at gold level, and has written articles for a number of gardening magazines.