Georgia Diary: A Chronicle of War and Political Chaos in the Post-Soviet Caucasus

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Soon after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Republic of Georgia fell prey to a series of power struggles, rampant crime and corruption, secessionist movements, and the spillover of the bitter war in neighboring Chechnya. Journalist Thomas Goltz traces these developments. This fast-paced, first-person account is filled with details about the ongoing struggles in another little-known region of the former Soviet Union. Featuring memorable portraits of individuals in high places and low, it traces the story from...
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Overview

Soon after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Republic of Georgia fell prey to a series of power struggles, rampant crime and corruption, secessionist movements, and the spillover of the bitter war in neighboring Chechnya. Journalist Thomas Goltz traces these developments. This fast-paced, first-person account is filled with details about the ongoing struggles in another little-known region of the former Soviet Union. Featuring memorable portraits of individuals in high places and low, it traces the story from 1992 through the "Rose Revolution," the resignation of Eduard Shevardnadze, and the new presidency of U.S.-educated Mikheil Saakashvili.
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Even for specialists, the actual details of what happened in theearly 1990s when all hell broke loose between Georgia and the separatist territory of Abkhazia remain obscure. Goltz, an often foolhardy freelance reporter who smuggled himself back and forth across the battle zone and farther afield, fills them in. His up-close, harrowing account captures all the wanton violence, destruction of anything approximating a human existence, and mutual cruelty, hypocrisy, and venality of these brutal, often senseless bloodlettings far from the world's gaze. On the big issues, none of the principals — not President Eduard Shevardnadze, and certainly not the Russians — comes off very well. Goltz visited a still war-scarred Abkhazia in 1998 and provides an uninspiring account of the UN monitoring mission there. He returned to Georgia a last time soon after the November 2003 Rose Revolution — an encounter that did little to raise his spirits.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780765624161
  • Publisher: Sharpe, M. E. Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/19/2009
  • Edition description: Expanded
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The quest for Gamsakhurdia 3
2 A far-flung piece of paradise 19
3 The silver fox 43
4 An Abkhazian interlude 56
5 The fall of Zugdidi 72
6 Along the banks of Mtkvari 85
7 (Muslim) Georgia on my mind 106
8 Storm clouds over Sukhumi 129
9 Pending war and the death of a friend 137
10 Sarajevo by the sea 151
11 Black Sea refugee 168
12 Aftermath in the mountains 183
13 Chaos in the Caucasus 195
14 Bridge across the Inguri 208
Epilogue : trying to square a chalk circle 225
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