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

On the Trail of Genghis Khan

An Epic Journey Through the Land of the Nomads

By: Tim Cope

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Published: 1st September 2013
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The personal tale of an Australian adventurer's tragedy and triumph that is packed with historical insights. On the Trail of Genghis Khan is at once a celebration of and an elegy for an ancient way of life.

Lone-adventurer Tim Cope travelled the entire length of the Eurasian steppe on horseback, from the ancient capital of Mongolia to the Danube River in Hungary. This formidable 6,000-mile journey took three years to complete. It is a journey that has not been completed successfully since the days of Genghis Khan. Trekking through wolf-infested plateaus, down into deep forests and up over glaciers, across sub-zero barren landscapes, scorching deserts and through treacherous mountain passes, Cope travelled deep into the heart of the nomadic way of life that has dominated the Eurasian steppe for thousands of years.

Alone, except for a trusted dog (and a succession of thirteen horses, many stolen along the way), he encountered incredible hospitality from those who welcomed him on his journey - a tradition that is the linchpin of human survival on the steppe. With WC the Kazakh aphorism 'To understand the wolf, you must put the skin of a wolf on and look through its eyes' playing constantly in his thoughts, Cope became immersed in the land and its people, moving through both space and time as witness to the rich past and to the often painful complexities of present-day life still recovering from Soviet rule.

On the Trail of Genghis Khan is a tale of survival, adventure and discovery set in a fascinating and politically volatile time.

About the Author

Tim Cope is a professional adventurer, author, filmmaker, and motivational speaker. He has worked as a guide in Antarctica, studied as a wilderness guide in the Finnish and Russian Arctic, ridden a bicycle across Russia to China, and rowed a boat through Siberia to the Arctic Ocean. His book Off the Rails: Moscow to Beijing on Recumbent Bikes was published by Penguin Australia, alongside an ABC Australia series of the same name. Bloomsbury will re-release Off the Rails in September 2013. 'The Trail of Genghis Khan', covering the journey of this book, has also been made into a six-part TV series by ABC Australia. He lives in Victoria, Australia. www.timcopejourneys.com

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    4.0

    one man and his horses

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      An informative and challenging book about one man and his horses travel across remote and now completely inaccessible areas of the world An insight into humanity and the complexities of life Not always an easy read but well worth it

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      5.0

      Excellent personal journey.

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        The author beautifully combines his own personal journey across The Steppes with historical information & descriptions of the fascinating countries through which he & his animals travel.

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        Brilliant Book!!

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          Fantastic story and what an amazing young man!

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          One of the best book to keep at home.

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            Read quite often.

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            Fascinating Read

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              Very useful whilst entertaining. Makes you want to explore the region, which I am going to do very soon.

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                Made one aware of how different countries and cultures live.

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                Love it. You will too.

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                  This book takes me on the trip I always wanted to do but never could.

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                  A great read of human endeavour

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                      A great read of human endeavour where resourcefulness and determination overcomes the curveballs and uncertainty of life

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                      A great read

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                        An amazing journey through some of the world's harshest country and the author takes you along on the trip, the good and the bad. Really enjoyable read, love the bond he has with his horses and his dog.

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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. 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

                        ISBN: 9781408842218
                        ISBN-10: 1408842211
                        Audience: General
                        Format: Paperback
                        Language: English
                        Number Of Pages: 528
                        Published: 1st September 2013
                        Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
                        Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 4.1
                        Weight (kg): 0.87