Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Foreign Policy Magazine on Dilip Hiro's INSIDE CENTRAL ASIA

Elina Galperin of Foreign Policy offers a critique of Dilip Hiro's Inside Central Asia: "Hiro succeeds in presenting colorful anecdotes along with facts and how historical contingencies have created the present. Central Asia is simply one of the most fascinating places in the world, and even as an academic, I learned many little details that academic historians typically excise in order to appear more serious . . . He is sympathetic towards the region's people, who have lost so much in the 20th century, and yet he paints a fair portrait of the gains as well . . . The chapters devoted to current politics are strong. He is detailed and deftly illustrates his points with his personal experiences.”

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