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The Horse That Leaps Through Clouds: A Tale of Espionage, the Silk Road, and the Rise of Modern China

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On July 6, 1906, Baron Gustaf Mannerheim boarded the midnight train from St. Petersburg, charged by Czar Nicholas II to secretly collect intelligence on the Qing Dynasty's sweeping reforms that were radically transforming China. The last czarist agent in the so-called Great Game, Mannerheim chronicled almost every facet of China's modernization, from education reform and f ...more
ebook, 473 pages
Published April 10th 2011 by Counterpoint LLC (first published September 4th 2010)
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Renate
Oct 23, 2016 Renate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, travel, bookclub
In spite of the vast territory and material covered in this book I did not find it difficult to read. And I am now grateful for the blank spaces in my mental geography map that have been filled in. What an incredible journey both Mannerheim and Enno Tamm made.

An interesting figure this hero of the Finns, Mannerheim. One of those historical giants for whom "they broke the mould". For me it was also interesting to learn something about the founder of the Nobel prize and where all that money came
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May 09, 2012 D rated it liked it
Horse That Leaps Through Clouds was how Mannerheim, a Finn on a mission for Tsar Nicholas, translated his Chinese name. Eric Tamm retraced his steps while reading his diaries. It was the part about Western China today that most interested me. Not a good suggestion if you haven't already become fairly familiar with today's China. For a scholar of the time of Mannerheim and today's China I believe it would be extremely interesting. It's certainly unique!
David
Jun 25, 2013 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russia, world-history
A travel journal of a voyage though Central Asia and China, tracking the journey a century ago of Baron Gustaf Von Mannerheim, later the hero of Finnish independence. The author goes back and forth between the present and a century ago. A nice conceit.

A bit long, this book nevertheless gives us a glimpse of how the region was and how it is now--more advanced but polluted and corrupt beyond belief.

Worth a read if the region fascinates you as it does me.
Susan Reed
Mar 19, 2014 Susan Reed rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I really wanted to like this book. But instead I had a hard time finishing it and stopped several times in the middle to read other things. Too much rambling, wandering, unfinished themes, side tracks and just plain wondering what and where the author thought his point was going to be. Annoying.
There was some fun and interesting info, but it was so buried that it wasn't worth it in the end.
Benjamin
Apr 02, 2015 Benjamin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Interesting but not captivating. Rambling at times engaging at others, the subject mater is interesting and is the history, but the political analysis is nothing new seven years on.
Jbondandrews
Aug 07, 2011 Jbondandrews rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The parallel between Mannerheim's journy and that of the author Eric Enno Tamm's shows how much China has changed and how some things remain the same.
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Eric Enno Tamm is an author, journalist and analyst with more than 15 years’ experience in the media and non-profit sector. His first book, Beyond The Outer Shores The Untold Story of Ed Ricketts the Pioneering Ecologist Who Inspired John Steinbeck and Joseph Campbell, was a Kiriyama Prize Notable Book in 2005 and his second book, The Horse That Leaps Through Clouds A Tale of Espionage the Silk Ro ...more
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