Murderers in Mausoleums: Riding the Back Roads of Empire Between Moscow and Beijing

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009 - Travel - 306 pages
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A gripping journey through some of the planet's most
remote and challenging terrain and its peoples, in search
of why democracy has yet to thrive in lands it seemed
so recently ready to overtake
Across the largest landmass on earth, in lands once
conquered by Genghis Khan and exploited by ruthless
Communist regimes, autocratic and dictatorial states are again
arising, growing wealthy on petrodollars and low-cost manufacturing.
More and more, they are challenging theWest.
Media reports focus on developments in Moscow and
Beijing, but the peoples inhabiting the vast expanses in
between remain mostly unseen and unheard, their daily lives
and aspirations scarcely better known to us now than they
were in ColdWar days.Tayler finds, among many others, a
dissident Cossack advocating mass beheadings, a Muslim
in Kashgar calling on the United States to bomb Beijing, and
Chinese youths in Urumqi desiring nothing more than sex,
booze, and rock 'n' roll—all while confronting over and over
again the contradiction of people who value liberty and the
free market but idealize tyrants who oppose both.
From the steppes of southern Russia to the conflict-ridden
Caucasus Mountains to the deserts of central Asia and
northern China,Tayler shows that our maps have gone blank
at the worst possible time.
 

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This journey takes the author through contemporary Russia, some of it's newly independent republics and China. The tales he has to tell about Russia are quite sad a depressing including a low life ... Read full review

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I'd been hearing about the Uygher people in the news, and about the level of tension in the parts of China in which they live. Before that, I had never heard of them. After reading Murderers in ... Read full review

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JEFFREY TAYLER is a correspondent for the Atlantic Monthly and a contributor to Conde Nast Traveler, Harper's Magazine, and National Geographic. He is the author of many critically acclaimed books, including Facing the Congo, Angry Wind, and River of No Reprieve.

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