Turkmenistan: travel books to read before you go

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This excerpt from Lonely Planet’s Central Asia guide provides a selection of travel literature to get you in the mood for your trip.

Unknown Sands: Journeys Around the World’s Most Isolated Country (Dusty Spark, 2006), by John W Kropf, is a travel memoir by an American who spent two years living in Ashgabat. Despite living within the confines of the diplomatic community (his wife is a US diplomat), Kropf manages to sneak away from the capital to give us a perspective of life on the ground for ordinary Turkmen.

Tribal Nation: The Making of Soviet Turkmenistan (2006), by Adrienne Lynn Edgar, is a scholarly account of the Soviet creation of Turkmenistan, with well-researched details on Soviet nation building of the 1920s and 1930s. The book also provides an understanding of Turkmen language and tribal law.

More travel literature reading lists for other destinations can be found here.