On the Trail of Genghis Khan

On the Trail of Genghis Khan

An Epic Journey Through the Land of the Nomads

eBook - 2013
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Guided by a Kazakh aphorism—"To understand the wolf, you must put the skin of a wolf on and look through its eyes"—adventurer Tim Cope undertook a journey not successfully completed since the days of Genghis Khan: he traveled by horseback across the entire length of the Eurasian steppe, from the ancient capital of Mongolia to the Danube River in Hungary. It was an incredible six-thousand-mile, three-year-long trip across formidable landscape—and into the heart of the nomadic way of life that dominated this region for thousands of years, transforming Western Europe through its conquering armies.Cope's trek takes him through wolf-infested plateaus, over glaciers and the subzero "starving steppe," the scorching Kazakh desert, and the deep forests and treacherous mountains of the Carpathians. Alone except for a trusty dog (and a succession of thirteen horses, many stolen from him along the way), he encounters incredible hospitality from those who welcome him...
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury USA, 2013
ISBN: 9781608194476

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Jan 27, 2016

This is a fine book, my favorite so far this year.Cope tries to learn to look at the world as a nomad would (he quotes Genghis Khan as saying he was the leader "of all those who live in felt tents.") And he pretty much succeeds, except for the part where he has to go back to his real life. There's just enough history and sociopolitical analysis for a travel book. For more, you can always read other books. (Jack Weatherford and Colin Thubron would be a couple authors.) A good read.

Nov 24, 2014


Not a very in-depth portrayal. Not up to tomes such as: 'the places in between", "the Land of the Czars", by Custine, nor 'this blessed land by Magocsi.

Merely a sort of diary, of events experienced.

ChristchurchLib Dec 09, 2013

"Before preparing to ride 6,000 miles on horseback across the Eurasian Steppe, Australian Tim Cope's only previous experience riding a horse had occurred at the age of seven, lasted ten minutes, and resulted in a broken arm. Not letting that stop him from following the historic path of Genghis Khan, he heads to Mongolia, the homeland of the legendary empire builder, buys horses, and sets out. Though he'd thought the journey from there through Kazakhstan, Russia, Crimea, the Ukraine, and Hungary would take 18 months, it actually takes three long years. Along the way, he faces dire threats, including from horse thieves and wolves, deals with bureaucracy, acquires a faithful dog, and meets incredible people, especially the many families who provide him hospitality. If you'd enjoy "an exciting, detailed account of man versus adversity" (Kirkus Reviews), check out this book." Armchair Travel December 2013 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=709938


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