Gobi: Tracking the Desert
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Gobi: Tracking the Desert

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The Gobi desert in Mongolia has long been considered a wasteland of searing heat, polar cold, and brutal sandstorms. For seventy years, it was all but barred to outsiders by Mongolia's position as a Soviet-dominated buffer state between Russia and China. The collapse of communism gave John Man a long-awaited chance to travel through the Gobi. Retracing the steps of early e...more
Hardcover, 212 pages
Published October 11th 1999 by Yale University Press (first published January 1st 1997)
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This book contained interesting tidbits but was severely lacking in storyline. The author went to the Gobi specifically to write a book about it and just traveled to places to write about them. I did find his portion on Ray Chapman Andrews interesting and his descriptions of wildlife were fairly thorough, but there was really nothing new about this book that most likely hasn't been reported on before. Maybe I shouldn't have read two books on Mongolia back-to-back, even if I am severely obsessed...more
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Just finished this book which wasa gift to Seb from John doran in 2000 when he went to Mongolia. I really enjoyed this book & it made me think about the experiences Seb had & also the recent Genghis Kahn exhibit at the HMNS. At one point the author talks about the beauty of empty places & I remember feeling that beauty on many family holidays in the desert around Tuscon & Phoenix in wintertime. It led to my next book.
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John Anthony Garnet Man is a British historian and travel writer. His special interests are China, Mongolia and the history of written communication. He takes particular pleasure in combining historical narrative with personal experience.

He studied German and French at Keble College, Oxford, before doing two postgraduate courses, a diploma in the History and Philosophy of Science at Oxford and Mon...more
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