On the Trail of Genghis Khan An Epic Journey Through the Land of the Nomads 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 mile journey took th

  • Title: On the Trail of Genghis Khan: An Epic Journey Through the Land of the Nomads
  • Author: Tim Cope
  • ISBN: 9781408842218
  • Page: 321
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 forestsLone 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 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 region It is an elegy for the nomadic way of life and proof that the great age of exploration is not yet over.

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    1. Weighed up, I have to say I've found this a bit of a scarifying read. We know that Genghis Khan was the last, if the most spectacular, assertion of steppe nomads over settled, and that ever since his age the nomads have been on the losing side. But this book brings it home to you. We know the 20th century was more horrific than the 13th and then there are the centuries in between. The best of this book, I feel, was the sense of tragic absurdity we reached at about the centre of the steppe – li [...]

    2. 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 supplie [...]

    3. This is a long book covering the three years that the author rode and led horses across Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Russia and Hungary. Tim Cope is from Australia and I think that gave him an edge in meeting and relating to the people he met – a “Westerner” who was not an American or European. He was not a horseman before beginning his journey but felt that he needed to use horses to better understand and appreciate the role of the horse in nomadic culture and in Genghis Khan’s travels. He spo [...]

    4. Mr. Cope writes an intriguing introduction and first Chapter that drew me into the book. He made me hungry to learn more about, his fascinating journey as a nomadic horse rider across 6000 miles of the Eurasian steppe, desert, and mountains. Plus he baited me with the fascinating history of its incredibly intriguing people groups which are little known by Westerners like me.The author has a fluid ability to picture the vast sweep of the Mongolian steppe in poetic language that helps me to feel l [...]

    5. Zwar habe ich aufgrund des Formats des Buches (eng beschrieben, sehr schwer, etc) ziemlich lange gebraucht, um es zu beenden, aber es war SO! GUT! Tim Cope schreibt so bezaubernd und mit so viel Fingerspitzengefühl, er lässt keine Tiefen aus, beschreibt auch was diese enorme Reise mit seiner Persönlichkeit gemacht hat und was passiert, wenn im Leben "daheim"plötzlich etwas schief geht und man irgendwo in der Steppe sitzt.Sein Schreibstil hat mich unglaublich begeistert, genau wie seine Reche [...]

    6. I would have given this book ten stars if that were possible.Tim Cope, an Australian, took on an adventure that many have wanted but few have dared. He crossed the Eurasian Steppes, from Mongolia to Hungary, 6,000 miles, alone on horseback to gain a true understanding of the life of the nomads who once dominated this land. The book is the story of his journey, the people he met and the obstacles he encountered as well as the history of Genghis Khan and his descendants and their amazing feats rid [...]

    7. Man with way too much time on his hands rides horse from Mongolia steppe to Hungarian steppe and writes utterly compelling book. He's even taught himself fluent Russian to chat to the locals, and a tolerance for the local vodka that inevitably flows with every human encounter. Thus emerges part travelogue ('How I Learned To Ride a Horse', 'Kazahstan Is, Like, Really, Really Big'); part historical context ('Why the Heck Did the Mongols Do This 700 Years Ago Anyway?'), and - like all truly great t [...]

    8. Well, that was better than I expected! A well-written combination of personal journey and historical detail. Took me to places I knew (Mongolia), places I didn't know well at all (Crimea) and places I had never heard of (Kalmykia). I loved the characters he met on the way. A very good read and armchair journey!One caveat: I didn't realize all the pics were at the end of the book (reading on a kindle). I wish I had, because he has photos of most of the people he meets and it would have been nice [...]

    9. The best sort of travel writing. As a disclaimer, I have met Tim several times at writers festivals, and his dog Tigon which is why I bought this book to start with. This travel memoir is interesting on several fronts: as a history of the region, of Ghengis Khan and the nomads of the steppe; as beautiful landscape writing; and as a personal drama where like all good adventure stories, Tim gets into some dangerous and challenging situations that threaten both his journey and his survival. It's a [...]

    10. Poignant, sincere, personal and very informative book about one man's journey on the horse back following the trail of Genghis Khan's warriors. It is very well written and I learned a lot about the places in Central Asia and other regions from Mongolia to Danube and its people through the eyes of this man. The book touches both the history of the regions and the contemporary state of affairs. In his travels, Tim has met a lot of local people, and these encounters are colourfully described as wel [...]

    11. Such an epic adventure book. After reading it, it left me craving for more. Time cope is an amazing modern day adventurer. I can also recommend his other book; off the rails. When I read his books, I actually feel like I was with him.

    12. Bicycling across Asia from western Russia to Beijing in 2000, Australian adventurer Tim Cope felt confined by the need to follow existing roads instead of roaming freely across the steppes through which he passed. Reading about how Genghis Khan and his Golden horde of 100,000 Mongol warriors, with their 300,000 Mongolian horses, had subjugated the world from China to the Danube in 1240 AD, Cope conceived the plan to recreate Khan's epic journey.Although he had not sat on a horse since he was sev [...]

    13. Tim Cope travels by horseback from Mongolia to Hungary. Along the way he writes of his trials and adventures as well as the interesting characters he meets. He also frequently (but not enough for my liking) delves into the history of this invasion route into Europe from the steppe. This was not only the grounds for multiple invasions in Central Asia and beyond but the largest continuous land empire in history. Some of the interesting points that I learned along the way were that obviously milita [...]

    14. Haven't read so much about horses since Seabiscuit ( and it was worth the wait ).I admit to being an American who cannot characterize Civil War (WATS/WONA) battles Chickamauga as opposed to, say, Gettysburg.And yet Tim Cope's intimate grasp of primitive military campaigns a half a world away inspire the reader to seek inter-library loans to round out our sense of a world that is truly flat, but once was not.Cope details Asian East-to-West geography not simply in objective WikiPedia POV terms, bu [...]

    15. This is a really fascinating story. It's very exciting and Cope does a good job of transporting you to the steppe so at times you feel like you're riding next to him. It's quite long, longer than I anticipated, and sometimes the story sags when it's purely descriptive and not as plot-driven. That's one problem I had with the style of writing. Many times it seems like some sections weren't even closely edited -- egregious amounts of adjectives, feelings, repetitive use of language. It's not a hug [...]

    16. Since I am preparing for a trip to Mongolia in July, this book was recommended to me by the travel agency. It was not exactly what I expected but was actually more. This is the story of the 26-year-old writer who traveled from Mongolia through Russia and Kazakhstan to Hungary on horseback! The trip took almost 3 years - with some time out for family emergencies, etc. His idea was to experience the life of the nomadic tribes who lived for hundreds of years in the steppes of these lands, lands whi [...]

    17. Not the book for everyone, but I loved it. Having travelled to Mongolia several years ago, Tim Cope's book bought back a flood of memories. It also reminded me that I want to spend more time travelling in a low key manner seeing the world on a more intimate level, though in my case on foot rather than on a horse.This book was a fascinating look into the lives of the remaining nomadic peoples of Asia and Europe and their non-nomadic descendants. It also tells Tim's story as he travelled through t [...]

    18. This was a brilliant introduction to Mongolia,Kazakhstan, Southern Russia, Ukraine and Hungry. Tim has brought the almost extinct Nomadic culture to life. Eccentric travelers like Tim is what makes Human life worth living for. Living on a spartan budget and depending on local hospitality and outside the constraints of time is a distant waking dream inflicting us all. There is nomad spirit in all of us. The difference is that we rely on road maps built for cars instead of horse paths. Tim capture [...]

    19. Terrific read. Idea of trip by horseback from Mongolia to Hungary seems insane to this reader, but I found myself caught up with the author's youthful enthusiasm. Part memoir, part political commentary, part travelogue, part ethnic research, it is very wide ranging. The author reveals a good deal about himself during the journey, which I liked. Great descriptive passages about the landscapes he went through. Marvelous writing about his horses and dog. Book is quite timely also, particularly when [...]

    20. I knew very, very little of the peoples and histories of the 6000 miles of Asian steppe (from Mongolia to Hungary) that Tim Cope tackles in this book. He covers not only geography, but the history of these traditionally nomadic tribes. Much of the history is, sadly, tragic--especially that of the 20th century. I really had no idea of the horrors that Lenin unleashed on Kazakhstan, for example, and of the millions of people who died due to little more than mismanagement and apathy. It was a wonde [...]

    21. A better than most personal adventure story of a 'professional' writer, traveler, adventurer, filmmaker, lecturer, etc. who traveled the paths of the Mongol horde. It could have easily been called 'My Years on Horseback: Learning all the thing I should have thought of before I left on this adventure'. Or not. The reader of books of this type needs to be prepared for and in the mood for the self centered style that is inherent in these works. Author Cope does a good job of mixing history, legend, [...]

    22. Although I don't have the faintest desire to do anything like Tim Cope did--ride horseback across Central Asia--I loved travelling along with him through this book. I could almost feel the wind in my hair, hear the dogs barking across the steppe, smell the campfires. Throughout the book there was the tying of this present experience with the remote past of the Mongols, and the lives of nomads, past and present, throughout this vast, unimaginable part of the world. I can relate to Tim's grief at [...]

    23. Every once in a while, a unique work of nonfiction appears with little pretension that nevertheless delivers unexpected superlatives in every quarter. Such a surprising and extraordinary book is On the Trail of Genghis Khan: An Epic Journey Through the Land of the Nomads, by Tim Cope. Ostensibly an installment to the travel and adventure genre, Cope’s book offers so much more, including studies in history, geopolitics, culture, geography and lifestyle, all tightly integrated into a narrative [...]

    24. I picked this book up off a shelf at a store because I hope to visit Mongolia some day. I bought it because the cover stated it had won a book prize. It can't be too bad, right?I read this book much faster than I was expecting tort of that thanks to some dead periods at work. My rating keeps flipping between 4 & 5 stars. I think I want 5 stars because I love horseriding. I think I want 4 because I've read some amazing writing that this doesn't quite match up to. All that being saidThis was a [...]

    25. Australian Tim Cope sets out on a 10,000 km journey on horseback from Mongolia to Hungary across the Asian steppe to retrace the steps of the Mongols. What may sound like a romantic journey turns into a real painful slog. What was intended to take 16 months takes him three years instead. The further West he goes the more he finds the scars left by Soviets who worked hard to erase ethnic memories and connections to previous ways of life. If there is a romantic aspect it is when he finally crosses [...]

    26. I met Tim Cope while he was promoting this book at the Banff Mountain Film and Book festival. It's a funny story, because while I was waiting for Alexander Gamme to arrive, I sat and watched the Nat Geo coverage of Tim's journey in the foyer. As I'm watching, a sexy man about my age walks out of the theatre where the award winning film On Trail of Genghis Khan was screening. People were talking to him, calling him Tim. Huh. That's the name of the man in the documentary I'm watching! After about [...]

    27. Australian Tim Cope had long been drawn to the nomadic lifestyle of Eurasian steppes in a time gone by. Inspired by the groups that still live this way, even to this day, he decided to undertake an extraordinary journey: to follow the steps of Mongol conqueror Genghis Khan on horseback, beginning in Mongolia, trekking through Kazakhstan, Russia, Crimea and the Ukraine until he reached the banks of the Danube in Hungary.In his original plan, he thought this journey might take around eighteen mont [...]

    28. Riding along on the steppeAttraction to this book came from different angles: my lifelong interest in GengisKhan. I have a card for him in my SoulCollage® deck. My unquenched nomadic spirit. A great love for horses. My curiosity for and affinity to nomadic cultures, and the grief I feel for their disappearance. As they do, fundamental knowledge and attitudes towards life and the world will be lost, and with them one of the roots of our evolutionary journey. Although this is somehow an unusual b [...]

    29. It's taken me a year to read this book but I'm so glad I did. What a great journey. Certainly forces you to evaluate your own journey in life and puts things into perspective when you're complaining about the price of gas or a haircut!! With the earths increasing population and demand on natural resources it's nice to know that although it's tough, there are still people out there living a simple life in harmony with the land. Well worth the a read!!

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