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On the Trail of Genghis Khan: An Epic Journey Through the Land of the Nomads

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 -30degreeC 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. Tim 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

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The extraordinary adventure of one man's journey following in the footsteps of Genghis Khan's conquering armies

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 19264 KB
  • Print Length: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing; 1 edition (1 Sep 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DQ8H2CC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,655 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars cracking.. 29 Nov 2013
By byron
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an exellent read..from a fast dwindling world, there;s not many travelling adventures left,,but this is surely one..thank you mike for an enthralling account..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 13 Dec 2013
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I have only read a quarter of the book so far. It is a good read if you enjoy travel books. The author has done a great deal of research on the Mongolians and their past conquests.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mission accomplished? 30 Nov 2014
Tim's journey is epic indeed. One can only admire his stamina, will power and resourcefulness. Luck, as usual, also plays a decisive role in his accomplishment. But the story made me wonder why we consider Tim's journey a "success"... It is the sacrifices that he chooses to make in order to reach his goal that makes me a bit doubtful about labelling the journey a success. Tim also makes mistakes but never find them important enough to reconsider his goal. He sacrifices a good relationship too in order to keep to his obsessive mission of reaching Hungary...
In the end and in my opinion,Tim's story is about what he found impossible to compromise on because of an obsession about a self-imposed goal that was essentially a geographic journey... The inner journey, the emotional and the maturing journey, made of as much of what Tim cannot give up on or give out as it is about what motivates him to reach his goal, that personal journey, is not really explored. It is somewhat missing. Had it been part of the story, I would have been more generous with my stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An 'Epic' journey in every sense of that word 8 May 2014
By John
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A fascinating mixture of adventure and historical narrative. Surely one of the best travel books of late; it has kept me gripped and diverted me from so many other things!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent well worth reading 8 May 2014
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take the journey! a brilliant enjoyable and informative book. well worth the five star rating. this is great stuff
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5.0 out of 5 stars A eulogy for a lost way of life 27 April 2014
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I first heard about this book during an interview with Cope that I saw on the morning news, and immediately my ears pricked up. This was not only an opportunity to read a fascinating piece of travel literature, but also to cover several hard to find countries from the Around the World Reading Challenge in one book. Although it was a lengthy read, that took me, a relatively fast reader more than week to digest, it was well worth the effort and easily one of the best pieces of travel writing I have come across.

When Cope first started on this adventure, which due partly to red tape and partly to personal crises took three years to complete, he had little knowledge or experience of horsemanship. This was then an extremely ambitious journey and he depended heavily on the locals in the form of various nomadic peoples for support, along with his former girlfriend (who accompanied him for the first two months of his trek) and other members of his extended circle of family and friends.

The book can also be seen as a historic text book for it details in some depth the history and geography of the places he travelled through, in particular in the context of Soviet influence. His animals of course also played a pivotal role, and the relationships with these are also covered in depth. In some ways this book could be seen as a mourning for a lost way of life. It is a monumental piece of work, epic in is scope and no review could really even begin to give it justice. This for me has to be five stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars genghis khan 4 Mar 2014
This is an excellent account of a young Australians 10,000km. jouyrney from Karakorum (Mongolia) to Opusztazer (Hungary) batween July 2004 and September 2007 accompanyed for a short way by a girlfriend and a dog-Tigon-adopted in Kazakhstan tracing the route of Gengthis Khan 800 years previously.
The book is divided into 6 sections -Mongolia,Kazakhstan,Russia,Crimea, Ukraine and Hungary.
What is so good about the book is how the author blends his journey with the details of Khans invasion -a monumental piece of work.
The maps are qui9te good but the pictures are too small to be of value.A film and tv Programme have been made of the book.
A ten star book-highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars On the Trail of Genghis Khan 19 Feb 2014
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.Very interesting work with detailed information of the conditions of the people he met on the way. Would recommend this book
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