Azerbaijan Diary: A Rogue Reporter's Adventures in an Oil-rich, War-torn, Post-Soviet Republic: A Rogue Reporter's Adventures in an Oil-rich, War-torn, Post-Soviet Republic

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Routledge, Apr 8, 2015 - Political Science - 528 pages
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In its first years as an independent state, Azerbaijan was a prime example of post-Soviet chaos - beset by coups and civil strife and astride an ethnic, political and religious divide. Author Goltz was detoured in Baku in mid-1991 and decided to stay, this diary is the record of his experiences.
 

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User Review  - lsg - LibraryThing

Good first person history of the early days of Azerbaijan independence and the war with Armenia, if you can get past the author. He's really fond of himself, but that is a small flaw in a useful history. Read full review

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User Review  - JBreedlove - LibraryThing

An excellent personal account of the chaotic times in Azerbaijan after the fall of the Soviet Union. Kaplan is good (before he fell in love with the military) but this was a much more involved account of travel in tumultuous foreign lands. Read full review

Contents

1 Getting There Fair and Square
3
2 A Distant Coup
37
3 Friday Evening on Freedom Square
44
The Black Garden
74
5 Home Sweet Baku
89
6 A Reborn Republic
106
7 Xodjali
117
8 Slithering in the Swamp
131
15 Alla Turca
250
16 Of Warand Oil
262
17 Corruption in the Ranks
280
18 Rumblings of Dissent
290
19 The Snow Job
299
20 Kelbajar
322
21 The Lull Before the Storm
348
22 The CrowbarOr Heydar Comes Home
366

9 Of Militias and Mamed the Mule
149
10 A Diversion Through the Islamic Republic of Iran
155
11 Riding the Roller Coaster
177
12 Coup Redux
199
13 From Ballots to Bullets
215
14 An Army Stumbles Forward
231
23 Meanwhile Back at the Front
393
24 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
407
25 Scars on the Soul
426
Epilogue
445
Index
488
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Thomas Goltz is the author of Chechnya Diary: A War Correspondent's Story of Surviving the War in Chechnya and Azerbaijan Diary, as well as numerous news, feature and scholarly articles. He lives in Livingston, Montana.

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