on May 5, 1998
I ordered this book almost a year before it was finally published: it was worth the wait! Justin Jon Rudelson has done an amazing job of condensing a highly complex subject into a concise, user-friendly guidebook. As a Russian and Turkish linguist who has also studied Uzbek and made numerous trips to Central Asia, I feel that both from a linguistic standpoint and in terms of the cultural hints provided that the book is accurate and up-to-date. I also had a friend who just returned from a year in Tajikistan take a look at the book, and he concurred that it appears to be quite accurate.
on September 2, 2001
I strongly recommend that anyone going to Central Asia get this book. It is full of necessary phrases that will help you get where you need to go. It is very compact and can fit easily into a pocket. It is also very comprehensive, containing large sections of phrases in Uyghur, Uzbek, Kyrgyz, Kazakh, Pashto, and Tajik, plus smaller sections on ten other regional languages. Also, it has a section outlining the history of Central Asian languages and certain grammatical/linguistic essentials.
Again, if you are going to Central Asia, invest in this book!