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Tearing Up the Silk Road
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After ten years of playing guitar in failed heavy metal groups Tom Coote went to university as a mature student to read Third World Studies. He later taught himself programming and won a studentship to take an MSc in Information Technology. He is a keen traveller, and has so far managed to visit 108 countries. He regularly contributes stories and articles to a number of travel websites. Tearing up the Silk Road is his first travel book.

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Tearing Up The Silk Road by Tom Coote is the author's travelogue from his hurried trip of nine difficult weeks traveling the Silk Road from China to Istanbul, through Centrl Asia, Iran, and the Caucasus. The Silk Road started in Xian in very ancient times as a trade route for not only silk but many other products, the first trade route established between East and West. The network of roads enabled the establishment of many civilizations and the trade between them, and thriving cities of today had their beginning because of this road in ancient tribal times. Tom meets many interesting and also difficult people along the way, as he travels with the local people on bus, train, and any kind of transport he can find and stays in many dodgy places. In the recording of his trip he describes people, places, and events as well as the history and emerging strides of the various places, which are often not friendly to tourists. He had some narrow escapes on this 2010 venture but gained a deep understanding of why our world is growing smaller and we all need to understand each other as human beings with the same yearnings and sufferings common to us because we are part of the struggling human race. The book is very interesting and informative. The trip is one that few people would want to follow in the same way, making it all the more fascinating that Tom is the one navigating the difficulties bravely. "Tearing up the Silk Road is a book that deftly avoids romanticising the Silk Road and instead gives a realistic, sometimes harsh, appraisal of the countries passed through. Travellers too, will appreciate the intense focus on the nuts and bolts of travelling through the region ... It's Coote's account of the ideological battle between the East and the West in the region that adds depth to the book. He notes that the real clash is between the few who have much and the masses demanding more." - Wanderlust Magazine " The author writes with a wonderful depth and precision so as to engross you in his journey, providing adventure with a unique and revealing perspective for life along the silk road." - Bare Essentials Magazine "If you've ever had the urge to chuck in your day job, step outside your comfort zone and strap yourself in for a rugged cultural journey, this is for you." - Get Lost Magazine "An entertaining read that will inspire greater interest in the region." - Central Asia Magazine ""Tearing up the Silk Road isa book that deftly avoids romanticising the Silk Road and instead gives a realistic, sometimes harsh, appraisal of the countries passed through. Travellers too, will appreciate the intense focus on the nuts and bolts of travelling through the region ... It's Coote's account of the ideological battle between the East and the West in the region that adds depth to the book. He notes that the real clash is between the few who have much and the masses demanding more." -Wanderlust Magazine "The author writes with a wonderful depth and precision so as to engross you in his journey, providing adventure with a unique and revealing perspective for life along the silk road." -Bare Essentials Magazine" """"If you've ever had the urge to chuck in your day job, step outside your comfort zone and strap yourself in for a rugged cultural journey, this is for you.""" -Get Lost Magazine""""""""" """""An entertaining read that will inspire greater interest in the region.""""""""""" -Central Asia Magazine"""""

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