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

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The author infuses his ambitious account with the stories of the people and tales of the animals who inspired the journey, rendering the book heartfelt and memorable.
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Grand Prize Winner, Banff Mountain Festival Book Competition

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 lead, 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 spending months in the saddle, he learnt to fend off wolves and would-be horse-thieves, and grapple with the haunting extremes of the steppe as he crossed sub-zero plateaux, the scorching deserts of Kazakhstan and the high-mountain passes of the Carpathians. As he travelled he formed a close bond with his horses and especially his dog Tigon, and encountered essential hospitality ? the linchpin of human survival on the steppe ? from those he met along the way.

Cope bears witness to how the traditional ways hang in the balance in the post-Soviet world ? an era that has brought new-found freedom, but also the perils of corruption and alcoholism, and left a world bereft of both the Communist system upon which it once relied, and the traditional knowledge of the nomadic forefathers.

A journey of adventure, endurance and eventual triumph, On the Trail of Genghis Khan is at once a celebration of and an elegy for an ancient way of life.
 

About Tim Cope

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Tim Cope is a professional adventurer, author, filmmaker, and speaker. He has worked as a guide in Antarctica, studied as a guide in the Finnish and Russian Arctic, and rowed a boat through Siberia. His book Off the Rails: Moscow to Beijing on Recumbent Bikes was published by Penguin Australia. He created a documentary of the same name for ABC Australia; his six-part series “The Trail of Genghis Khan” covers the journey of this book. He lives in Victoria, Australia.www.timcopejourneys.com
 
Published September 24, 2013 by Bloomsbury USA. 528 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Education & Reference, Action & Adventure. Non-fiction
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