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

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M.E. Sharpe, 1998 - History - 496 pages
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This underground classic tells the story of oil-rich Azerbaijan's first years of independence from Moscow. Thomas Goltz became an accidental witness to Azerbaijan's inglorious history-in-the-making when he was detoured into Baku in mid-1991 - and decided to stay. This record of his years there alternates in style between tragedy and farce. Throughout, the intensity of immediate experience is balanced by an acute awareness of contemporaneous events in Karabakh and Naxjivan, Georgia and Armenia, Russia and Chechnya, Iran and Turkey, Washington and Houston.
 

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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

Getting There Fair and Square
3
A Distant Coup
37
Friday Evening on Freedom Square
44
The Black Garden
74
Home Sweet Baku
89
A Reborn Republic
106
Xodjali
117
Slithering in the Swamp
131
AllaTurca
250
Of Warand Oil
262
Corruption in the Ranks
280
Rumblings of Dissent
290
The Snow Job
299
Kelbajar
322
The Lull Before the Storm
348
The CrowbarOr Heydar Comes Home
366

Of Militias and Mamed the Mule
149
A Diversion Through the Islamic Republic of Iran
155
Riding the Roller Coaster
177
Coup Redux
199
From Ballots to Bullets
215
An Army Stumbles Forward
231
Meanwhile Back at the Front
393
Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
407
Scars on the Soul
426
Epilogue
445
Index
488
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About the author (1998)

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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