Journalist, historian, college professor and travel writer David Mould has visited more than 40 countries. World adventurers and armchair travelers alike will enjoy this peek into the life and customs of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan as Mould reads from his book, Postcards from Stanland: Journeys in Central Asia
Book sale and signing to follow. About the Author
David H. Mould is a professor emeritus of media studies at Ohio University. Born in the United Kingdom, he worked as a newspaper and TV journalist before moving to the U.S. in 1978. He has written articles and essays for a variety of outlets, and produced radio and TV documentaries. He lives in Charleston, West Virginia. About the Book
"An illuminating travelogue through Central Asia...As a genial travel guide, Mould, an academic who doesn't write like an academic, shows how one should resist the temptations to stereotype a culture too easily and understand it too quickly" - Kirkus Reviews
Central Asia has long stood at the crossroads of history. It was the staging ground for the armies of the Mongol Empire, for the nineteenth-century struggle between the Russian and British empires, and for the NATO campaign in Afghanistan. Today, multinationals and nations compete for the oil and gas reserves of the Caspian Sea and for control of the pipelines. Yet "Stanland" is still, to many, a terra incognita, a geographical blank.
Beginning in the mid-1990s, academic and journalist David Mould's career took him to the region on Fulbright Fellowships and contracts as a media trainer and consultant for UNESCO and USAID, among others. In Postcards from Stanland
, he takes readers along with him on his encounters with the people, landscapes and customs of the diverse countries_Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan_he came to love. He talks with teachers, students, politicians, environmental activists, bloggers, cab drivers, merchants, Peace Corps volunteers and more.
Until now, few books for a nonspecialist readership have been written on the region, and while Mould brings his own considerable expertise to bear on his account_for example, he is one of the few scholars to have conducted research on post-Soviet media in the region_the book is above all a tapestry of place and a valuable contribution to our understanding of the post-Soviet world.