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    DescriptionGrand Prize Winner, Banff Mountain Festival Book Competition The relationship between man and horse on the Eurasian steppe gave rise to a succession of rich nomadic cultures. Among them were the Mongols of the thirteenth century - a small tribe, which, under the charismatic leadership of Genghis Khan, created the largest contiguous land empire in history. Inspired by the extraordinary life nomads lead, Tim Cope embarked on a journey that hadn't been successfully completed since those times: to travel on horseback across the entire length of the Eurasian steppe, from Karakorum, the ancient capital of Mongolia, through Kazakhstan, Russia, Crimea and the Ukraine to the Danube River in Hungary. From horse-riding novice to spending months in the saddle, he learnt to fend off wolves and would-be horse-thieves, and grapple with the haunting extremes of the steppe as he crossed sub-zero plateaux, the scorching deserts of Kazakhstan and the high-mountain passes of the Carpathians. As he travelled he formed a close bond with his horses and especially his dog Tigon, and encountered essential hospitality - the linchpin of human survival on the steppe - from those he met along the way. Cope bears witness to how the traditional ways hang in the balance in the post-Soviet world - an era that has brought new-found freedom, but also the perils of corruption and alcoholism, and left a world bereft of both the Communist system upon which it once relied, and the traditional knowledge of the nomadic forefathers. A journey of adventure, endurance and eventual triumph, "On the Trail of Genghis Khan" is at once a celebration of and an elegy for an ancient way of life.


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    Title
    On the Trail of Genghis Khan
    Subtitle
    An Epic Journey Through the Land of the Nomads
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Tim Cope
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 509
    Width: 157 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 46 mm
    Weight: 930 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781608190720
    ISBN 10: 1608190722
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 13690
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1F
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: TRV
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.5
    BIC subject category V2: WTH
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: WTL
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DV
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 43
    BISAC V2.8: HIS003000
    Ingram Subject Code: TR
    Libri: I-TR
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: TRV010000
    Ingram Theme: CULT/EEUROP, CULT/ASIAN
    BISAC V2.8: TRV001000, TRV003000, BIO026000
    DC22: 950.21
    BISAC V2.8: TRV009040
    DC22: 950/.21
    DC21: 950.21
    LC classification: G490 .C57 2013
    LC subject heading: ,
    Illustrations note
    colour illustrations, maps
    Publisher
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Imprint name
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Publication date
    24 September 2013
    Author Information
    Tim Cope is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and an award-winning adventurer, author, filmmaker and motivational speaker with a special interest in Central Asia and states of the former Soviet Union. He has studied as a wilderness guide in the Finnish and Russian Arctic, ridden a bicycle across Russia to China, and rowed a boat 4500km through Siberia to the Arctic Ocean. He lives in Victoria, Australia and travels annually to Mongolia as a trekking guide.www.timcopejourneys.com
    Review quote
    "National Geographic Traveler" Best Fall Travel Books"There are plenty of fine books written by people who go off on adventures and return to set their story to paper, but Tim Cope's adventure, recalled in "On the Trail of Genghis Khan, " puts almost all of them to shame. His was a 6,000-mile journey on horseback from Mongolia to Hungary that lasted over three years. The book, like the adventure, is massive at over 500 pages, filled to the brim with near-death experiences, the kindness of strangers, and greenhorn comedy... But what's most impressive is the immensity of Cope's spirit and the insatiability of his wanderlust. We forget that we could do""these types of things ourselves, technically, if only we didn't have so many excuses. After all, Cope had no particular training or skills that suited him for his journey, besides his indomitable will. The anecdotes he relates are amazing, but it's Cope himself that provides the most inspiration. It's a shame that the word 'epic' has been so degraded by over-use, because it must be employed here." - "The Daily Beast""Weaving acute observations, honest introspection, and a sense of history, Cope crafts a marvelously perceptive travelogue of an audicous odyssey." "- Booklist""" "[A] sensitive account both personal and historical...[Cope] refuses his ambitious account with the stories of the people and tales of the animals who inspired the journey, rendering the book heartfelt and memorable. An exciting, detailed account of man versus adversity." - "Kirkus """ "Tim Cope's exploration across the continents on horseback grew into a quest through history and then on odyssey deep into the human heart. In exploring some of the most remote places on earth, he brings us back to ourselves and to a better understanding of our place in the world today." - "Jack Weatherfod, author of GENGHIS KHAN AND THE MAKING OF MODERN WORLD" "In some ways the most reassuring thing about "On the Trail of Genghis Khan" is that, in a world f