John Kropf's Unknown Sands: Journeys Around the World's Most Isolated Country

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Advance copies of Unknown Sands, a non-fiction book about Turkmenistan and its people, are available to reviewers. The author, John W. Kropf, served at the American Embassy in Turkmenistan as the Country Director for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and is currently the Director of International Privacy Issues at the Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Kropf is available for interviews, appearances, and speaking engagements in support of this work.

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). Because of his work with the Embassy, he was able to travel extensively through Turkmenistan. His writing credits include 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 Car 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 well as an Honors Program attorney for the Department of Justice. He currently 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 once the world's most feared territory. Since the time of the Mongols, the nomadic tribes of its vast desert wastes were deemed ungovernable. Russians and Persians were captured as slaves and carried off by the fierce Turkmen. Even now, as an independent country located between the hot spots of Afghanistan and Iran, with one of the planet's largest natural gas reserves, Turkmenistan remains virtually unknown to the outside world. Unknown Sands penetrates this remote and harsh land. This work tells a personal story that blends two years of adventure with Turkmenistan’s tumultuous history to present an intriguing profile of the country and its people. This former Soviet territory offers a target-rich environment for the unusual including a surreal cult of Presidential personality, ancient ruins of the Silk Road, and a unique, mystical brand of Islam.

ISBN: 0-9763565-1-1

BINDING: Hardcover, 6” x 9”

PUBLICATION DATE: February 20th, 2006

RETAIL PRICE: $26.00

John Kropf is available for interviews, appearances, and speaking engagements. Advance copies are available to qualified reviewers.

To receive an advance copy or information on scheduling the author:

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Houston, TX 77095

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