Part contemporary history, part travel book, part political analysis, the book is based on six months traveling through the south Caucasus, more than 120 original interviews in the region, Moscow, and Washington, and unique primary sources, such as Politboro archives.
The historical chapters trace how the conflict lay unresolved in the Soviet era; how Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders exacerbated it; how the Politiboro failed to cope with the crisis; how the war began and ended; how the international community failed to sort out the conflict.
What emerges is a complex and subtle portrait of a beautiful and fascinating region, blighted by historical prejudice and conflict....Continua
A fantastic account of the vicious but little-known war between Armenia and Azerbaijan that brought down the Soviet Union and showed how friendly neighbourly relations can almost overnight turn into genocidal aggression. The conflict continues to this day. The story had all the more impact as I read this while visiting the actual locations during my trip across the Caucasus in the summer, including a visit to the abandoned city of Aghdam near the front line.
Just a note - as I soon found out, this does not make suitable reading on the metro in Azerbaijan. The cover photo shows an Armenian fighter surrounded by dead Azeris!...Continua