Gobi by John Man
Tracking the Desert

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For 70 years, the Gobi, one of the worlds richest yet least explored wildernesses, was all but barred to outsiders by Mongolia's position as a buffer-state between Russia and China. With the collapse of communism, however, the Gobi is beginning to br revealed in all its glorious diversity. Travelling from west to east across the Gobi, John Man retraced the steps of the early explorers, livingwith herdsmen, and drawing on the most recent scientific work, This core of Central Asia's heartland is extraordinarily rich in wildlife and astonishing natural beauty.
 

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John Man is a British historian and travel writer with a special interest in Asia. A graduate of Oxford who also has studied at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies, Man has written acclaimed and highly successful biographies of Genghis Khan, Attila the Hun, and Kublai Khan, and two works of history: Alpha Beta, the story of the alphabet, and The Gutenberg Revolution, on the invention of printing.
 
Published January 1, 1997 by Weidenfeld and Nicolson. 288 pages
Genres: History, Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Science & Math, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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In this welcome account of the high eastern-Asian vastness, Man spans the breadth of the desert from the remote southwest, where snow leopards ghost through the Altai Mountains, to the rocky archipelagos of the east, where roads are only a suggestion: “Turn left at the dead camel.” Wildlife crowd...

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British reporter Man has been obsessed with Mongolia's Gobi Desert since his boyhood, when he read of the exploits of American explorer/scientist Roy Chapman Andrews, who in 1922-1924 made one of the century's great paleontological finds by discovering dinosaur eggs and fossils at Flaming Cliffs ...

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What’s more, it was the most comfortable, thanks to a headphone port that’s completely flush with the case, keeping the case both streamlined and out of the way underwater.

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