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On the Trail of Genghis Khan: An Epic Journey Through the Land of the Nomads [Kindle Edition]

Tim Cope
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Tim Cope is a wise young man who knows how to travel, and why, and which details to record for the delight and enlightenment of his readers. I suspect that here we have a classic, likely to inspire generations yet unborn Dervla Murphy Tim Cope's exploration across the continents on horseback grew into a quest through history and then an odyssey deep into the human heart. In exploring some of the most remote places on earth, he brings us back to ourselves and to a better understanding of our place in the world today Jack Weatherford, author of Genghis Khan: And the Making of the Modern World Three years, 10,000km and -30 C temperatures: Tim Cope's horseback traverse of the Eurasian Steppe - Mongolia to Hungary - is full of hardship, characters and insights ... It's a big undertaking for readers too, but it opens up a vast, little-trodden world of history, danger and adventure Wanderlust It is the ultimate boy's own adventure. In an epic 6,000 mile journey on horseback, lasting for more than three gruelling years, Tim Cope braved dangers, scorching deserts, subzero mountain temperatures and some of the world's most inhospitable terrain. Most of us would not survive even a day in the windswept wilderness and wolf-infested plateaux of Mongolia and Kazakhstan, but Cope was determined to follow a childhood dream Dalya Alberge, Sunday Times One of the most vibrant and engaging narrators you might find ... It is a vast journey enjoyably meandering in an age of Twitter soundbites ... By turns informative, gripping and very moving: a major endeavour, which flings off the straightjacket of its sub-genre and stands (or rides) alone Joanna Kavenna, Spectator Reading On The Trail, it is impossible to not get swept up in Tim's infectious sense of adventure. His story is an amazing one, but he also approaches it in such a way that you'll think that it might be possible for you to attempt an epic adventure of your own. That's the kind of inspiration that Tim creates through his writing TheAdventureBlog New book inspires Mongolia visits: Intrepid travellers looking for destinations that are genuinely off the beaten track have been inspired by a new book by the Australian adventurer Tim Cope in which he describes a journey by horseback following in the steps of the legendary Genghis Khan Adrian Bridge, Daily Telegraph I can honestly say that I've never read anything quite like it before ... With its interleaving of heart-on-the-sleeve personal narrative, shrewd modern observation and historical background Tim Severin The best way to travel, to see and understand a country, is on a horse of camel. Time Cope carries the art of long-distance riding to a new extreme in a feat comparable to that of the great Tschiffely as he goes On the Trail of Genghis Khan some 6,200 miles from Mongolia to Hungary. This young Australian writes confidently about his epic adventure, which lasted three years and followed the route taken by the Mongol hordes as they reached Europe and almost conquered it. He has barely ridden a horse before he set off and this story is really the tale of the creation of a serious long-distance rider, fluent in Russian and capable of making close friends Country Life


The relationship between man and horse on the Eurasian steppe gave rise to a succession of rich nomadic cultures. Among them were the Mongols of the thirteenth century – a small tribe, which, under the charismatic leadership of Genghis Khan, created the largest contiguous land empire in history. Inspired by the extraordinary life nomads still lead today, Tim Cope embarked on a journey that hadn't been successfully completed since those times: to travel on horseback across the entire length of the Eurasian steppe, from Karakorum, the ancient capital of Mongolia, through Kazakhstan, Russia, Crimea and the Ukraine to the Danube River in Hungary.
From horse-riding novice to travelling three years and 10,000 kilometres on horseback, accompanied by his dog Tigon, Tim learnt to fend off wolves and would-be horse-thieves, and grapple with the extremes of the steppe as he crossed sub-zero plateaux, the scorching deserts of Kazakhstan and the high-mountain passes of the Carpathians. Along the way, he was taken in by people who taught him the traditional ways and told him their recent history: Stalin's push for industrialisation brought calamity to the steepe and forced collectivism that in Kazakhstan alone led to the loss of several million livestock and the starvation of more than a million nomads. Today Cope bears witness to how the traditional ways hang precariously in the balance in the post-Soviet world.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Ein tolles Buch! 31. Januar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
wir haben zuerst im Fernsehen die vierteilige Doku gesehen und dann wollte ich unbedingt das Buch lesen.
Es ist sehr spannend geschrieben - man möchte es nicht mehr weglegen.
Es ist ein Mix aus Erlebnis, Geschichte und Zeitgeschichte der jeweilig durchreisten Länder und man erhält interessante Einblicke in eher wenig bekannte Gebiete.
Tim Cope schreibt auch sehr berührend - man kann mit ihm weinen und lachen.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Two Epic Tales 29. Oktober 2013
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Tim Cope succeeds admirably with this travelogue. On the surface, this book is a straightforward story about the completely un-straightforward process of riding the width of the Eurasian Steppe on horseback (Mongolia to Hungary!). The cast of characters and adventures Tim stumbles across on the Steppe are as variable as the drastic swings in weather he encounters over his three year journey. The peoples and places are put into a rich historical context throughout the book that is fascinating and inspiring. I was surprised by the magnitude and extent of the Steppe's sorrows and triumphs. I look forward to digging deeper into these histories now that my curiosity has been piqued. On a deeper level, this is a very personal book about finding ones place among people and society. Everyone must address these questions about themselves at some point in their lives. Unlike the rest of us, Tim acts on his wilder yearnings. In the end, he is both punished and rewarded for his risks in ways that affected me deeply. Overall, a very enjoyable and thought (or dare I say action?) provoking book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Page Turning Epic Journey 23. November 2013
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Over the last 5 days, I've just spent much of my free time tagging along with Tim Cope as he traveled by horse from Ulaanbaatar to Hungary. We rode in freezing and sweltering temperatures, slept yurts, mining camps, under the moon, hiding from the sun, on farms, offices and in the homes of kindly people. We learned horsemanship by doing, avoided bandits, nearly died of thirst (our horses too) and stared down bureaucrats. We met nomads, miners, poachers, oilmen, café owners, black market suppliers and people of little known of tribes and cultures. We drank a lot of vodka and had a romance. Like the author, I hated to see this trip end.

Tim Cope, began as no stranger to wilderness travel. He had bicycled across Russia and rowed a boat 2500 miles from Lake Baikal to the Arctic Circle. This trip was designed to cross the terrain covered by Genghis Khan's army from its Mongolian home to its farthest destination.

Cope is informative on how history has shaped the life the people met along the way, sometimes going back hundreds of years. For instance, the Klamak people, now working to preserve their culture as well as the over-hunted saiga, may have descended from members of Khan's army stranded in Russia. In Kazakhstan more recent history has resulted in a formerly migratory people living on the shells of the collective farms with broken and rusted machinery scattered all about. Kazakhs are still coping with Stalin's collectivization which was accompanied by an influx of Russians making the Kazakhs a minority in their own country. The nomadic way of life was shattered; the Kazakh language was banned. The Tatars, expelled from the Crimea by Stalin, have only been allowed to return since the 1980's and are attempting to rebuild their lives and culture.

Despite the oil boom and recent gold discoveries, there are economic struggles everywhere. Along with the forbidding landscape, and the danger of bandits, there is incredible hospitality in the country. While hospitality is harder to come by in cities Cope was housed for over a month and given help with his horses and visa application in Atyrau, an oil-boom town on the Kazakh-Russian border. At the trip's end in Hungary, Cope was greeted with great fanfare by horse loving people, many seeking connection with their nomadic heritage.

Each chapter covers a county and is introduced by a map, showing all the places on written about. The publisher is generous with color photographs (I wish they were larger). There is a good table of Steppe people and a glossary at the end.

Prior to this, I considered Travels in Siberia by Ian Frazier to be my top travel-adventure read. Tim Cope's lovingly written "On the Trail of Genghis Khan" is my new gold-standard for travel-adventure literature.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Inspirational! 21. Oktober 2013
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A fantastic, awe-inspring book that took me to places I have never been to before on so many levels. There were times when I just could not put this book down because I just had to know that happened next. Tim Cope wrote this book with such a wonderful mix of emotion, sensitivity and fact and I found myself riding the highs and lows with him all the way through. What an amazing accomplishment and despite many of the hardships that Tim encountered, his own and those of others, he never lost sight of his and their humanity and this comes shining through chapter after chapter. It is one of those stories that leaves you feeling completely bereft and lost once you finish the book and it will take a while before I will get into another book - you almost need a while to absorb and digest.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Review of Tim's book 9. November 2013
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I started reading about Genghis Khan when I was young. I still remember the first line of the first chapter of Harold Lamb’s Genghis Khan: “Life did not matter very much in the Gobi.” That line was so evocative and I knew somehow, on a deep soul level, it was very true. I have re-read that book every five or six years since I first came across it in the 70s. I have a soft spot in my heart for Genghis Khan, or Temujin as I called him, although I rarely spoke about it. I knew it wouldn’t really go over well with all my new age, spiritually inclined friends. I read Jack Weatherford’s books, watched documentaries on the Gobi, and often searched out new books on his life and the world of Mongolia. In the past few years when I read excerpts of Tim Cope’s book, articles here and there, I knew he’d had the same urgings I had. What was it really like moving across the world, conquering everything they came in contact with, how did he manage the huge army, the logistics of the entire effort, and of course I always wanted to know, what was Temujin really like.

Tim Copes took me on that journey from Ulaanbaatar to the Danube. As is my habit, I read each night before going to sleep. I rode with Tim over the windswept Gobi, enjoyed his descriptions of places I’ll never go, re-learning the history of Temujin’s conquests, and made it up the mountain passes with those great horses into names of towns I can’t pronounce and pulled blankets around me as he froze on Altai mountains. I suffered with him when he had to leave his devoted dog, Tigon (what a spirit that dog had!) and was grateful that he was able to get him back to Australia.

I am so grateful for his journey and for sharing it. I loved the book and look forward to any book he writes in the future.

Sandra Martin
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Good Read about a Unique Adventure 1. Dezember 2013
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There are some good reviews here, so I'll keep this short and simply emphasize that Tim Cope has a very engaging writing style that keeps you moving along on his remarkable journey about a part of the world many of us know little about. Apparently he now leads horseback excursions in remote Mongolia. I expect he would be pretty good company on such a trip.
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