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Guided by a Kazakh aphorism-“To understand the wolf, you must put the skin of a wolf on and look through its eyes”-adventurer Tim Cope undertook a journey not successfully completed since the days of Genghis Khan: he traveled by horseback across the entire length of the Eurasian steppe, from the ancient capital of Mongolia to the Danube River in Hungary. It was an incredible six-thousand-mile, three-year-long trip across formidable landscape-and into the heart of the nomadic way of life that dominated this region for thousands of years, transforming Western Europe through its conquering armies.

Cope’s trek takes him through wolf-infested plateaus, over glaciers and the subzero “starving steppe,” the scorching Kazakh desert, and the deep forests and treacherous mountains of the Carpathians. Alone except for a trusty dog (and a succession of thirteen horses, many stolen from him along the way), he encounters incredible hospitality from those who welcome him along the way, a tradition that is the linchpin of human survival on the steppe. Immersed in the land and its people, Cope is witness to the rich past and often painful complexities of the present still recovering from Soviet rule. On the Trail of Genghis Khan is a celebration and an elegy for the nomadic way of life-its freedom, its closeness to the land, its animals, and moods-and a narrative full of romance, intelligence, and drama.

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On the Trail of Genghis Khan
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January 27th, 2014
Highly recommended. A completely captivating read. Tim Cope is an excellent storyteller and I loved the intersection of his own story with the history of the land and it's people. It was fascinating to learn how he managed to complete this seemingly impossible journey that took him 3 years! My only recommendation would be to read this book as a physical book. The maps that greatly help with your understanding of his journey were quite difficult to read on the kobo.
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January 22nd, 2014
This is a very interesting tale of one man (Tim Cope) and not so much his travels, as his realisations about society, history and who writes what. An eye opening read for people with the faintest curiosity in the Asian/Europe divide
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January 22nd, 2014
This book is a day to day diary of a day to day trip from Mongolia in east to New Europe in the west.The trip is on foot and by horse and involves meeting many nomadic people and experiencing their lives their culture and their wisdom. Adversity crossing desert and mountains not to mention the sudden death of his father make this trip particularly difficult and stressful at times. On the trail of Genghis Kahn is an eye-opener into place and people for the most part unknown. His resilience is quite remarkable.
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