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Nazarbayev and the making of Kazakhstan /
Jonathan Aitken.
imprint
London ; New York : Continuum, 2009.
description
ix, 269 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm.
ISBN
1441153810 (hbk.), 9781441153814 (hbk.)
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imprint
London ; New York : Continuum, 2009.
isbn
1441153810 (hbk.)
9781441153814 (hbk.)
catalogue key
6936845
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Jonathan Aitken, a former MP and cabinet minister, is the author of nine books including his award-winning biography of President Richard Nixon. His recent titles published by Continuum include Pride and Perjury, Psalms for People under Pressure, Prayers for People under Pressure, Charles W. Colson: A Life Redeemed and Heroes and Contemporaries.
Reviews
Review Quotes
Mention of author and book, The Observer. May 2009.
Reuters, June 2009
Article on book in Daily Telegraph, 17 June 2009.
Interview in Fame & Fortune, Sunday Times.
Article of the author in Observer Woman, July 2009
'[Aitken] paints a fascinating portrait of Kazakhstan's remarkable president ... he puts Kazakhstan where it firmly belongs - near the top of any intensive diplomatic reading list for the 21st century.' - The Observer
Article in Observer Weekend, July 2009.
'Interviews with key figures such as Gorbachev add oomph to the story. But what's really fascinating is learning why Nazarbayev led his nation away from Soviet-induced communities to oil-based capitalism, turning it into the most commercially-successful nation in Central Asia to emerge from the Bloc. 9/10' - Fife, Perth and Dundee Courier & Advertiser, South Wales Evening Post (Swansea), Leicester Mercury, East Anglian Daily Times, Sunderland Echo, Edinburgh Evening News, Sunday Sun (Newcastle) and Scotsman
Mentioned in Evening Standard Magazine, August 2009.
'Aitken [is] a capable and articulate biographer' - Asian Affairs
'Extraordinary story ... it's a rattling good read.' - BBC Radio 4
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Summaries
Main Description
Jonathan Aitken skilfully analyses the country's achievements in all its complexity to explain Kazakhstan and Nazarbayev's emergence on the international stage.
Bowker Data Service Summary
In this book, Jonathan Aitken skilfully analyses the country's achievements in all its complexity to explain Kazakhstan and Nazarbayev's emergence on the international stage.
Long Description
Kazakhstan is colossal in size, complicated in its history, colourful in its culture and is a nation state that most outsiders know little of. Much of the existing narrative revolves around the country's first president, Nursultan Nazarbayev. But his life can only be understood in the context of the land in which he was born, raised and became a leader. For centuries the tribes of Kazakhstan had been plundered and conquered by foreign invaders. The most ruthless of these were the 20th century leaders of the Soviet Union, but after its collapse it was Nazarbayev who emerged as the new President of the nation state. Jonathan Aitken's masterly book is a riveting account of how Kazakhstan has capitalised on its natural resources (including oil) to become one of the great economic success stories of the modern era. Nazarbayev himself is widely admired as a political leader and strategist, having overcome extraordinary crises including hyperinflation, food shortages and the emigration of two million people. However, his record on human rights is less than perfect and the independence of the judiciary and the press are questionable. Corruption is also widespread in Kazakh society, making it an easy target for Ali G in his movie Borat. The obstacles faced in becoming a successful economy are described and examined honestly in this truly fascinating story. >
Main Description
Kazakhstan is colossal in size, complicated in its history, colourful in its culture and is a nation state that most outsiders know little of. Much of the existing narrative revolves around the country's first president, Nursultan Nazarbayev. But his life can only be understood in the context of the land in which he was born, raised and became a leader. For centuries the tribes of Kazakhstan had been plundered and conquered by foreign invaders. The most ruthless of these were the 20th century leaders of the Soviet Union, but after its collapse it was Nazarbayev who emerged as the new President of the nation state. Jonathan Aitken's masterly book is a riveting account of how Kazakhstan has capitalised on its natural resources (including oil) to become one of the great economic success stories of the modern era. Nazarbayev himself is widely admired as a political leader and strategist, having overcome extraordinary crises including hyperinflation, food shortages and the emigration of two million people. However, his record on human rights is less than perfect and the independence of the judiciary and the press are questionable. Corruption is also widespread in Kazakh society, making it an easy target for Ali G in his movieBorat. The obstacles faced in becoming a successful economy are described and examined honestly in this truly fascinating story.
Table of Contents
Prologue
Ancestry and Childhood
Student and Steelworker
Young Communist
Climbing the Party Ladder
Restless Prime Minister
December 1986
The Coup and The Break Up
The Birth Pains of Independence
To Nuclear or Not to Nuclear
New Currency, New Constitution
Russia, the Caspian and China
Entering the 21st Century
A Capital Vision
Epilogue
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