Cartoonist Combines Prose, Cartoons to Depict Chaos in World’s Next Hot Spot
Now in an updated trade paperback edition

Soviet-style dictators clash with Islamist militants on the remote steppes of Central Asia atop the world’s largest untapped oil reserves in Silk Road to Ruin by Ted Rall. Post-Soviet Central Asia is the setting for Rall’s book from NBM. Part graphic novel travelogue, part tongue-in-cheek travel guide, Silk Road to Ruin presents his adventures in the wild and wooly Central Asian countries. From Beijing to Istanbul, Rall repeatedly travels along the legendary Silk Road, through China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran and Turkey. The book combines articles with comics chapters relating Rall’s experiences beginning with the sublime history of the Silk Road and ending in the absurdity of the petty dictatorships of the “The ‘Stans.” Silk Road to Ruin is exotic adventure, satire and a fun way to find out more about a part of the world that looms in importance with its immense reserves of oil and rising Islamic fundamentalism. Hilarious and frightening, Silk Road to Ruin is graphic journalism at its vivid best.

In his introduction to the book, Ahmed Rashid, award-winning Pakistani journalist and best-selling author declares, “If the truth be told, every part of our conflicted world needs an American interpreter of events and places such as Ted Rall. There should be a Ted Rall of the Middle East and a Ted Rall of Latin America – so that Americans and the rest of us can better understand the world we live in and try and make it a better place.”

Ted Rall is a syndicated editorial cartoonist and columnist for Universal Press Syndicate. Author of the award-winning To Afghanistan and Back: A Graphic Travelogue, Rall was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and two-time winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. He frequently travels to and writes about Central Asia, and contributes a cartoon about the region to the website EurasiaNet. His next book on a more recent trip to the war in Afghanistan After We Kill You, We Will Welcome You Back as Honored Guests: Unembedded in Afghanistan is due this fall from Hill & Wang. He lives in New York and is available for interviews.

The first edition came out in hardcover in 2006 and has been out of print for a few years. This second edition has some revisions and updates as well as a new chapter.

For more information, contact: Publication Date: April 2014
Stefan Blitz 6” x 9”, ISBN 9781561638857 304 pp, B & W
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