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Mongolia: Travels in the Untamed Land
by Jasper Becker (Goodreads Author)
For seventy years Mongolia was all but closed to the west - a forbidden country, shrouded in darkness. Jasper Becker had long dreamed of exploring the sweeping land that lay just beyond China’s Great Wall and when communism disintegrated, he finally did. Setting out from Kublai Khan’s capital, Beijing, Becker was one of the first westerners to cross the border. Tracing the ...more
Paperback, 325 pages
Published June 15th 2008 by Tauris Parke Paperbacks
(first published May 21st 1992)
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Jan 29, 2010 Agustinus Wibowo rated it it was amazing
really a recommended travel narrative on mongolia. vividly written, well researched, and it really brought my fantasy to explore the wild, untamed Mongolia (which has changed a lot since the capitalism)
Oct 13, 2015 Trine rated it it was amazing
Very thought-provoking and erudite travel book likely to appeal to readers interested in the culture, history, languages and religious diversity of Central Asia and Mongolia, in particular.
Jasper Becker is a British journalist who spent 30 years covering Asia including 18 years living in Beijing. His reporting on uprisings, refugees and famine in China, Tibet and North Korea garnered him many awards and he is a popular speaker and commentator on current events in Asia. He now lives in England and has just finished his tenth book, tentatively called The Fatal Flaw. Earlier books suc ...moreMore about Jasper Becker...