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

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The author of the acclaimed "Azerbaijan Diary and Chechnya Diary" now recounts his experiences in the strife-ridden Republic of Georgia. 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 wars, and the spillover of the war in neighboring Chechnya. Journalist Goltz traces these developments with the same kind of vivid, personal narrative that made his previous books so compelling. This fast-paced, first-person account is filled with memorable portraits of individuals in high places and low. It traces the story from 1992 through to the present, with a new epilogue for the paperback edition based on the author's experiences in Georgia during the August 2008 war.
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Foreign Affairs
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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765617118
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/15/2009
  • Edition description: Expanded
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Map of Georgia; Preface; Acknowledgments and Special Thanks; Prologue: A (New) Caucasian Chalk Circle; I: A Complex History; 1. The Quest for Gamsakhurdia; 2. A Far-Flung Piece of Paradise; 3. The Silver Fox; 4. An Abkhazian Interlude; 5. The Fall of Zugdidi; II: Past as Prelude; 6. Along the Banks of Mtkvari; 7. (Muslim) Georgia on My Mind; 8. Storm Clouds over Sukhumi; 9. Pending War and the Death of a Friend; III: The Wretched Riviera; 10. Sarajevo by the Sea; 11. Black Sea Refugee; 12. Aftermath in the Mountains; IV: There Dwell Dragons; 13. Chaos in the Caucasus; 14. Bridge Across the Inguri; 15. Trying to Square a Chalk Circle.
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