Central Asia is the subject matter of this moving travelogue by an accomplished photographer working in the tradition of the great 19thcentury explorers. Alive to the present, conscious of the past, Daniel Schwartz is without inhibition in documenting everything that he seeks out or that comes his way. Central Asia is the largest natural fortress on earth, traversed by a few routes that have been used by traders and armies since earliest times and are still today the arteries for those in search of power, profit or refuge. In the past it was Alexander the Great or Genghis Khan; today it is the allied forces and the Taliban, as well as Chinese mercantile pioneers. Daniel Schwartz, with his profound and haunting vision of these ancient lands, has made not only a unique document but a book that is a work of art in itself.