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Dateline Mongolia: An American Journalist in Nomad's Land
by Michael Kohn
Michael Kohn, editor of the Mongol Messenger, is one steppe ahead of the journalistic posse in this epic Western set in the Far East. Kohn's book is an irresistible account of a nation where falcon poachers, cattle rustlers, exiled Buddhist leaders, death-defying child jockeys and political assassins vie for page one. The turf war between lamas, shamans, Mormon elders and ...more
Paperback, 346 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by RDR Books
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As a youngster I had a dogeared copy of LP's Mongolia guide right after the fall of the USSR, that was a prized possession for me, probably this guy contributed to it and the acerbic writing was definitely familiar. There were some occasional attempts at "edginess" (e.g., the dark fate of Mongolian expat women in China and the political intrigue of the capital) but there were also moments where this was really pedestrian (the author never explains why he left his "second home"), somewhat selecti ...more
Part travelogue, part memoir, this book was written by an American who spent three years working for an English-language newspaper in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. He writes about the many things that he researched in the course of his reporting, and provides a wealth of information that the average Westerner wouldn't otherwise know about past and present-day Mongolia. I just wish he had written more about his experiences acclimatizing to Mongolian life. Recommended.