The Horse That Leaps Through Clouds: A Tale of Espionage, the Silk Road, and the Rise of Modern China
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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 1st 2011 by Counterpoint LLC (first published September 4th 2010)
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David
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.
D
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!
Jbondandrews
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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