Night Train to Turkistan by Stuart Stevens
Modern Adventures Along China's Ancient Silk Road (Traveler)

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The first account of travel in Chinese Turkistan, closed to foreigners since 1949, shows a world where bureaucratic hazards often loom larger than geographical ones.
 

About Stuart Stevens

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Born in Jackson, Mississippi, Stuart Stevens is both a writer and a political strategist. He is the author of four previous books, including "Malaria Dreams" and "Feeding Frenzy, " as well as of some of the earliest episodes of the critically acclaimed television series "I'll Fly Away" and the Emmy award-winning "Northern Exposure." His articles and essays have appeared in "The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Outside, Esquire, The New Republic, " and elsewhere. Over the past eighteen years he has also helped to elect dozens of governors and senators, as well as international clients, such as Vaclav Havel of Czechoslovakia. He lives in New York City and Stowe, Vermont.
 
Published January 13, 1988 by Atlantic Monthly Press. 237 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Travel. Non-fiction

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Stevens writes that China is ""ugly and inefficient, joyless and numbingly monotonous,"" with towns like army outposts, ""graceless and hateful."" This is experiential travel writing, almost totally devoid of historical perspective or larger contemporary context.

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Stevens, a freelance journalist, filmmaker and political consultant, retraces explorer and author Peter Fleming's legendary 1935 journey through Chinese Turkistan from capital Beijing to remote, unpop

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In this colorful, simple narrative, the difficulties outweigh the pleasures as the foursome continually battles the bureaucratic nightmare of government control in China, where purchasing train tickets requires the combined skills of a rug merchant, diplomat and spy.

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