'Ahmed Rashid is one of Pakistan's most gifted and astute political commentators. This account will be of interest to scholars and lay readers alike. What makes it especially valuable is that Rashid's priorities are very different from those of most Western observers.'
'The best introduction to Central Asia yet available.'
Selig S. Harrison
' A comprehensive and impressively researched account of the new Central Asian republics. The insights Ahmed Rashid provides are excellent.'
'The first readable, thorough account of the region.'
'The five republics are examined with a sharp eye for detail and an uncanny ability to focus on the internal fueds and rivalries of the new independent states.'
'As an introduction to the history and culture of the region, Ahmed Rashid's is as good as you will find.'
Times Literary Supplement
'A serious, authentic and well documented account of current affairs in Central Asia, situated in a properly researched historical context.'