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In Search of Genghis Khan: An Exhilarating Journey on Horseback Across the Steppes of Mongolia

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Following the collapse of nearly seventy years of Communist rule, veteran writer and traveler Tim Severin went to Mongolia "to see how much of the tradtional way of life survived." He discovered a country in an uncertain state of transition and struggling with its newfound identity. Part travelogue and part historical recreation of the legendary journey of the barbaric Mon ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published July 14th 2003 by Cooper Square Press (first published 1991)
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This is good. A travelogue of Severin's journey as part of a trip to commemorate Ghengis Khan in Mongolia in the early 1990s, just after the fall of the USSR. This must have been one of the earliest travel books to appear on the back of this, and already will be as much historical as travel. He writes well on the pieces of history (mainly Ghengis Khan and his legacy) with some good sketches of people and places. As well as the frustrations of post-communist bureaucracy. Difficult to find anythin ...more
After reading Iggulden's novels and seeing the film, Mongol, I finally read Severin's 16 year old book. His travels in Mongolia are fascinating, and now I need to learn what has happened in Mongolia more recently.
Mary Soderstrom
Earlier I said I'd be posting about road books: at the time I was thinking of novels of quest and self-discovery. But in the last few weeks I've also read three entertaining, informative (and in one case extremely thought-provoking) books about road trips.

The first is relatively recent: Taras Grescoe's Straphanger. Published in 2012, its subtitle might seem in conflict with the idea of a road book: "Saving our cities and ourselves from the automobile." But Grescoe roamed the world to look at the
An amazing book. Tim Severin not only re-traced Genghis Khan's route from Mongolia his conquests, but searched for vestiges of Genghis in contemporary Mongolia. He found the spirit of Genghis alive and well. Despite decades of Soviet domination, Mongolians are recovering their sense of national identity and reviving their culture. Genghis is once again being honored and remembered as the force that united "those who live in felt tents".
Tad Crawford
This is a fascinating book if you're interested in the author's 1990 journey across Mongolia in search of connections to Genghis Khan. However, I should have taken the title more seriously--"In Search of . . ."--since I wanted a thorough biography of Genghis Khan. This book is more about Mongolia after the fall of the Iron Curtain and, fascinating as that may be, it can't substitute for a biography.
I liked this book. Not very dense, but a nice read and enough Mongolian history with Genghis Kahn to enlighten me. I learned their strike tactics were all about speed, horses were small, and no quarter was given. Enough details to paint a good picture.
Gordon Love
Tim Severin writes a compelling tale set around his travels across Mongolia in the footsteps of the Great Khan. Educational, definitely, but also very enjoyable as a straightforward read.
Bryn Hammond
It's decent. Fair amount of information/description. Nothing wrong with it.
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