This book is all encompassing in terms of time and space. None is covered in great detail, but a lot of information is provided for the reader who is not familiar with the region. The purpose of this book is to fill a void in educational materials available in the U.S. and other English speaking countries. The general audience this book aims for are undergraduates studying the region or anyone who is interested in learning about Central Asia and the Silk Road. There are nine contributing authors of this book, six from The University of Montana Central and Southwest Asian Center, and three from other educational institutions in the United States.
There are some minor errors on maps such as cities not being labelled and routes not connecting cities. The book is filled with maps, pictures, charts, and diagrams to assist the reader in understanding what the authors are trying to point out.
This book is one of imagination, doom, and hope. It introduces the vast history of the region via geology, peoples, and geopolitics as well as the problems of industrialization, identity, and modernization. The broad range of this book offers the reader a brief overview of Central Asia and the Silk Road. The book lacks material in terms of depth, but the secondary aim of this book is to encourage those who are interested in the region to expand their knowledge and understanding of the land locked countries that make up the area called Central Asia.