"…an indefatigable journalistic exploration…. at once obvious and original."

Robert D. Kaplan, author of "The Revenge of Geography"

"This is classical international journalism of the highest order."

Steve Coll, dean of the Columbia Graduate School and staff writer for The New Yorker

"…brave, engaging, keenly observant”"

Sheri Fink, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Five Days at Memorial and War Hospital

"Impressive and necessary… Matloff approaches her topic with a magic combination of wisdom and empathy, and it is impossible to not be moved."

Starred Review, Booklist

"chillingly enlightening"

Geographical Magazine (UK)

"…told with a sense of drama by someone who has clearly done her fieldwork."

Yi-Fu Tuan, author of Romantic Geography

"A worthy read for foreign affairs and anthropology buffs alike….provides insight into current global affairs."

Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"Engaging…She reports with empathy on…. some of the world’s least governed spaces."

David D. Laitin , professor of political science at Stanford University and author of Nations, States and Violence.

"a sobering…tightly focused study of mountain societies that hints at future conflicts."

Kirkus Reviews