Houston, TX (PRWEB) December five, 2005
Dusty Spark Publishing is proud to announce that John Kropf?s nonfiction book about Turkmenistan, Unknown Sands, is in pre-publication and scheduled to be released on February 20th, 2005. John W. Kropf served at the American Embassy in Turkmenistan as the Country Director for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Simply because of his function with the Embassy, he was in a position to travel extensively by means of Turkmenistan. His writing credits consist of creative nonfiction and humor articles that have appeared in The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Marco Polo Magazine, and Flak Magazine (online, humor). He also contributed a story to Sports Vehicle Illustrated (now defunct) that detailed his grandfather’s 1919 cross-country trek in a FIAT roadster (“Tales of the Mudbound”). Professionally, Mr. Kropf has served as a lawyer for the U.S. Department of State specializing in international law as nicely as an Honors Program attorney for the Department of Justice. He presently serves as the Director of International Privacy Programs at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The author lives outside Washington D.C.
About Unknown Sands:
Turkmenistan was when the world’s most feared territory. Given that the time of the Mongols, the nomadic tribes of its vast desert wastes were deemed ungovernable. Russians and Persians had been captured as slaves and carried off by the fierce Turkmen. Even now, as an independent country located in between the hot spots of Afghanistan and Iran, with 1 of the planet’s largest natural gas reserves, Turkmenistan remains practically unknown to the outside world. Unknown Sands penetrates this remote and harsh land. This work tells a individual story that blends two years of adventure with Turkmenistan?s tumultuous history to present an intriguing profile of the country and its men and women. This former Soviet territory provides a target-rich environment for the unusual such as a surreal cult of Presidential personality, ancient ruins of the Silk Road, and a unique, mystical brand of Islam.
BINDING: Hardcover, 6? x 9?
PUBLICATION DATE: February 20th, 2006
RETAIL Cost: $ 26.00
John Kropf is obtainable for interviews, appearances, and speaking engagements. Advance copies are obtainable to qualified reviewers.
To receive an advance copy or info on scheduling the author:
Dusty Spark Publishing
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Houston, TX 77095
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