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Bones of the Master
George Crane
0553379089
May 2001
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Book Review
In the steady hands of poet George Crane, previously unknown Zen master Tsung Tsai comes off as truly extraordinary. A "poet, philosopher, house builder, scientist, doctor, and when necessary, kung fu ass-kicker," Tsung Tsai would still be wandering about anonymously if it were not, Crane says, for the need of financing provided by an advance on this book. The last of the monks from his Chinese monastery, Tsung Tsai felt he had to return one last time to find and honor his master's bones and rekindle his tradition. Crane recounts their joint adventure, opening with Tsung Tsai's harrowing decades-earlier escape from newly communist China, walking from Inner Mongolia to Hong Kong through a war-torn, famine-struck, psychotic land, nearly starving along the way. Crane, a self-styled hedonist ne'er-do-well, who says that...


Mongolia (Lonely Planet Travel Guides Series)
Michael Kohn
1740593596
June 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Let the adventure begin! Ride a camel across the sun-scorched Gobi, feast by moonlight at the bottomless lake of Uureg Nuur, and experience traditional archery and wrestling at the Naadam Festival. Escape to the ends of the earth in the footsteps of the first Mongol nomads. All you need is a strong pair of boots and this bestselling guidebook. • FIND YOUR WAY - detailed maps and GPS coordinates for hundreds of key sites • CONNECT WITH THE LOCALS and sleep in a ger, Mongolia's famous felt-tent abode - expanded reviews describe the country's best ger camps • STRIDE ACROSS THE STEPPES with our inspiring itineraries through the Land of Blue Sky - witness magical monasteries and spectacular ice canyons • TALK THE TALK - our Language chapter makes communication easy • GET UNDER THE SKIN of...


Modern Mongolia: From Khans to Commissars to Capitalists
Morris Rossabi
0520244192
April 2005
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Book Description
Land-locked between its giant neighbors, Russia and China, Mongolia was the first Asian country to adopt communism and the first to abandon it. When the Soviet Union collapsed in the early 1990s, Mongolia turned to international financial agencies--including the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank--for help in compensating for the economic changes caused by disruptions in the communist world. Modern Mongolia is the best-informed and most thorough account to date of the political economy of Mongolia during the past decade. In it, Morris Rossabi explores the effects of the withdrawal of Soviet assistance, the role of international financial agencies in supporting a pure market economy, and the ways that new policies have led to greater political freedom but also to...


Mongolia Map
International Travel Maps
1553413318
January 1, 2000

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Book Description
Map of the country and portions of its neighbors with elevations indicated by color changes. Legend locates international and provincial boundaries; roads from main roads to permanent unpaved tracks; airports and airfields; settlements from major cities (over 30,000) to smaller cities and towns; points of interest; official tourist resorts; official campsites; nature sights; streams; lakes, swamps; sand dunes; glaciers; mountain passes (with height in meters); nature reserves. Ulaan Baatar city map legend locates markets; cheap restaurants; cinemas; shops; police stations; embassies; post offices; hotels; hospitals; temples; museums; other facilities of interest. Index; brief glossary of key geographic terms. Scale 1:1,200,000. With inset map of Ulaan Baatar; map of terrain/climate zones. Printed on one side. ...


Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World
Jack Weatherford
0609809644
March 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
Apart from its inapt title, Genghis Khan dies rather early on in this account and many of the battles are led by his numerous offspring. This book is a successful account of the century of turmoil brought to the world by a then little-known nation of itinerant hunters. In researching this book, Weatherford (Savages and Civilization), a professor of anthropology at Macalaster College, traveled thousands of miles, many on horseback, tracing Genghis Khan's steps into places unseen by Westerners since the khan's death and employing what he calls an "archeology of movement." Weatherford knows the story of the medieval Mongol conquests is gripping enough not to need superfluous embellishmentsâ€"the personalities and the wars they waged provide plenty of color and suspense. In just 25 years, in a manner that...


In Search of Genghis Khan
Tim Severin
0815412878
Oct 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
Riding alongside hardbitten Mongol herdsmen, Severin retraced part of the overland communication system that once linked the far-flung Mongolian empire. In a marvelous adventure that combines travel writing at its serendipitous best with dollops of history and politics, the noted explorer who has recreated crusaders' treks stares into the immense blue vault of Tengri, the Sky God who gave Genghis Khan a mandate to subjugate the world. Severin ( Tracking Marco Polo ) mingled with camel herders in the Gobi desert, weathered an August blizzard, met an old clairvoyant Tuva shamaness, supped with Kazakhs in their yurt (circular tent) and witnessed an outbreak of plague, which he claims is the same disease as the Black Death of medieval Europe. He probes the Mongols' nostalgia for national hero Genghis Khan and...


Dinosaurs of the Flaming Cliffs
Michael Novacek
0385477740
August 1, 1996
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Book Review
One of the fields of study opened up by the collapse of Communism is, oddly enough, that of the distant past: Western archeologists have for the first time in six decades been allowed to explore the Gobi Desert in Mongolia. This is the region explored in the 1930s by the famed Roy Chapman Andrews of the American Museum of Natural History. It is also the region wonderfully described in this stirring book by Michael Novacek, the current curator of the museum's department of vertebrate paleontology, who led the recent expeditions onto the high desert and into the heart of the Cretaceous Period in Asia. In 1993, Novacek's expedition found an astonishing trove of fossils in a wasteland called Ukhaa Tolgod, not too far from the Flaming Cliffs where Andrews made his most important finds. But, as with all great travel adventure...


Mongolia
Pang Guek Cheng
0761409548
April 1999
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8-High-quality, full-color photography combines with clearly written text and meaningful sidebars to create informative and attractive overviews of modern life in other countries. The chapters are well organized and include the most sought-after material for reports such as history, geography, government, economy, society, and religions. They also cover food, festivals, the arts, and leisure activities. Topographical and political maps are clear with map indexes and keys. A "Quick Notes" page, bibliography, and glossary are appended. Both volumes emphasize the influence of geographic location on a country's socioeconomic status. Yemen includes much detail about Arabic culture and the Muslim influence on the area. Mongolia is shown as an interesting blend of the cultures of Asia. Both books provide...


Men and Gods in Mongolia
Henning Haslund
0932813151
Jan 1993
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Encyclopedia of Mongolian and the Mongol Empire
Christopher P. Atwood
0816046719
July 2004
Hardcover
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From Booklist
While most students of world history know of the Mongol Empire created by Chinggis (Genghis) Khan, Mongolia, a country with a long and complex history, remains a bit of a cipher. This detailed account of Mongolian history from 209 B.C.E. to 2003 C.E. does much to fill in the lacuna. Though there is special emphasis on the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, the time of the expansion of the Mongol Empire, coverage is good for all time periods, and the encyclopedia as a whole makes a sound case for the enormous influence of Mongolian civilization on the history of the Far East, the Indian subcontinent, and Eastern Europe.The introduction includes a guide to pronunciation, a real necessity. The approximately 1,800 alphabetically arranged entries are well weighted, with longer articles, for example, that on Chinggis Khan,...


Fly-Fishing the 41st
James Prosek
0060555920
Mar 2004
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Book Description

The New York Times has called James Prosek "the Audubon of the fishing world," and in Fly-Fishing the 41st, he uses his talent for descriptive writing to illuminate an astonishing adventure. Beginning in his hometown of Easton, Connecticut, Prosek circumnavigates the globe along the 41st parallel, traveling through Spain, Greece, Turkey, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, China, and Japan. Along the way he shares some of the best fishing in the world with a host of wonderfully eccentric and memorable characters.

About the Author

James Prosek is twenty-seven and the author of four books. He is a graduate of Yale and published his first book, Trout, at the age of nineteen while a junior there. He lives in Easton, Connecticut.



Mongolia
Jennifer L. Hanson
0816052212
December 2003
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 7 Up-Short chapters on the history of the Mongol Empire and the Communist era are followed by others that detail the advent of democracy, the economics of transition, the environment, the herding life, art, and the changing culture (religion, sports, games, holidays, and the media). The problems involved in such a transition are fully described. Each chapter concludes with numerous notes, often citing online sources. The annotated list for further reading consists primarily of adult materials. The format is dense, relieved only occasionally by an uninspired black-and-white photograph. The writing, while somewhat pedestrian, is clear, straightforward, and accurate, with a few very minor exceptions (e.g., a sculptor would cast rather than "carve" bronze images; and India, a part of Asia, cannot thus...


The Art of Silver Jewellery : Minorities of China, The Golden Triangle, Mongolia and Tibet
Ren¿ Van Der Star, et al
8876243836
April 4, 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
This book and exhibition presents over 250 silver necklaces, and earrings - objects of ceremonial beauty and originality created by tribal peoples of China. Four catalog essays by leading experts illuminate the context creation in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and also provide valuable background information for designers, historians, collectors and dealers. In addition to images of the jewelry itself, the volume includes a selection of collect ethnic textiles and other field photographs that puts the jewelry in full ethnological context. Details information an object includes dimensions, weight, material, function, and area of origin. This sumptuous volume is the most comprehensive study of the region’s jewelry available and is essential for anyone with an interest in the complete heritage of...


Mongolia
Frederick Fisher
083682024X
January 1999
Hardcover
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Card catalog description
Describes how the culture of Mongolia is reflected in its many festivals, including the Obo Shrin Festival, Naadam Festival, and Tsagaan Sar.


Travels in Mongolia 1902
Tim Coates
011702452X
Jan 2001
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Mongolia
Claitors Publishing Division
0160294622
Mar 1991
Hardcover
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I Rode a Horse of Milk White Jade
Diane Lee Wilson
006440773X
September 1999
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From Publishers Weekly
PW's starred review said, "Horse lovers or not, readers will be riveted" by Wilson's debut novel featuring a girl equestrian living in 14th-century Mongolia. Ages 10-up. (Sept.) r Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal
Grade 6-10AIn 14th-century China, an elderly woman tells her granddaughter about her early life on the Mongol steppes, beginning with the day a horse crushed her tiny foot, crippling the young Oyuna. According to her nomadic clan's religious beliefs, this incident brought bad luck to her and her family. Thereafter, she views any misfortune visited upon her family as her fault, even her mother's accidental death. Her one joy is her new white horse. When the mare is commandeered by Kublai Khan's forces, Oyuna dresses as a...


Illustrated Guidebook to Locales Connected with the Life of Zanabazar : First Bogd Gegeen Of Mongolia
Don Croner
141963027X
March 31, 2006
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Book Description
Zanabazar (1635-1723) was the son of the Tüsheet Khan, one of the rulers of seventeenth-century Mongolia, and a distant descendant of Chingis Khan, founder of the Mongol Empire. His spiritual propensities were apparent almost from birth and in 1639, while still a small boy, he was recognized as the head of the Sakya sect of Buddhism in Mongolia. He later traveled to Tibet where he was recognized as the 16th incarnation of Javsandamba and converted to the Gelug sect of Tibetan Buddhism by the 5th Dalai Lama. As the head of the Gelug sect in Mongolia he introduced many new innovations, including the Maitreya Ceremony, and initiated the construction of numerous new temples and monasteries. A renowned polymath, Zanabazar composed new prayers, scriptures, and music, and invented the Soyombo alphabet, but he is probably...


Hearing Birds Fly: A Nomadic Year in Mongolia
Louisa Waugh
034911580X
March 2004
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Book Description
A wonderfully accessible memoir of an inaccessible country: Outer Mongolia.

From the Publisher
After two years of working in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia, journalist Louisa Waugh moved to the remote village of Tsengel, in the extreme west of the country. This is the story of the year she spent there, living and working with the people who have made a home in the stark but beautiful landscape. With unflinching honesty, Waugh recounts how she slowly learned to fend for herself in a world where life is dominated by the seasons. The villagers and their culture vividly emerge as she shares her happiness, frustrations, and occasional extreme loneliness and fear. Hearing Birds Fly transports the reader from the end of a long, hard Mongolian winter, through a...


From Centrally Planned to Market Economies
Pradumna B. Rana
0195866037
June 1996
Hardcover
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Book Description
Disenchantment with the socialist economic model, coupled with the breakdown of the former Soviet economic bloc, has led to reforms in the transitional economies of Asia. This three-volume work is a study of economic reforms in the People's Republic of China, the Lao People's Democratic
Republic, Mongolia, Myanmar, and Vietnam. It examines economic performance in these countries, including prior reforms and institutional changes, recent economic reforms and the historical and economic forces leading to these transitions, and current economic conditions, including constraints and
policy changes. Volume One discusses taxation, money and credit, gradual versus rapid liberalization in socialist foreign trade, agricultural and price reforms, industrial enterprise reform, and financial reforms in these transitional...


Chosen by the Spirits: Following Your Shamanic Calling
Sarangerel
0892818611
May 15, 2001
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Book Description


• Mongolian shamaness Sarangerel provides a hands-on guide for serious students of the shamanic path.


• Includes complete directions for traditional Siberian rituals, meditations, and divination techniques never before published.


• Shows how to recognize and acknowledge a call from the spirits.


• Offers traditional wisdom for nurturing a working relationship with personal spirit helpers to promote healing and balance in a community.


The shaman's purpose is to heal and restore balance to his or her community by developing a working relationship with the spirit world. Mongolian shamanic tradition maintains that all true shamans are called by the spirits--but those who are not from shamanic cultures may have difficulty recognizing the call or nurturing the...



Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World
Jack Weatherford
0609610627
March 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Apart from its inapt title, Genghis Khan dies rather early on in this account and many of the battles are led by his numerous offspring. This book is a successful account of the century of turmoil brought to the world by a then little-known nation of itinerant hunters. In researching this book, Weatherford (Savages and Civilization), a professor of anthropology at Macalaster College, traveled thousands of miles, many on horseback, tracing Genghis Khan's steps into places unseen by Westerners since the khan's death and employing what he calls an "archeology of movement." Weatherford knows the story of the medieval Mongol conquests is gripping enough not to need superfluous embellishmentsâ€"the personalities and the wars they waged provide plenty of color and suspense. In just 25 years, in a manner that...


Gobi : Tracking the Desert
John Man
0300076096
October 11, 1999
Hardcover
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Book Review
It's better to travel to Mongolia in summer than in winter. In summer the temperatures can hit 115 degrees Fahrenheit, but that's easier to survive than the -40 of January. Both are preferable to spring, though, when, John Man writes in this vivid story of wilderness adventure, "brutal cold gives way to sand-blasting gales that can flay exposed skin and strip the paint from a car."

Man has seen these Mongolian weathers up close, wandering around this vast country in search of its peculiar wildlife--a menagerie that includes rare wild camels and horses, mountain sheep, wolves, desert bears, and the elusive snow leopard. With the fall of Communism in the early 1990s, Man writes, Mongolia's economy had collapsed. Mongolians had responded, as always in times of stress, by leaving their cities and returning to the countryside...



Changing Inner Mongolia
David Sneath
0198234139
July 2000
Hardcover
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Book Description
Since the Chinese Communists took control of Inner Mongolia, very little has been written about that region, the vast steppeland of northern China. This book charts the recent history of the pastoral Mongolian minority there. It examines the effects of five decades of social engineering by
the Chinese state, and explores the role of economic forms, ritual, symbolism, and ideology in the transformations and continuities of life on the inner Mongolian steppe.


The Changing World of Mongolia's Nomads
Melvyn C. Goldstein, Cynthia M. Beall
0520085515


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Book Description
This beautifully illustrated book offers the first inside view of how the breakup of the Soviet bloc has affected this farthest republic and its nomadic peoples. The first Western scholars to be given permission to conduct fieldwork in Mongolia, Melvyn Goldstein and Cynthia Beall lived among a community of herders to study how they were adapting to Mongolia's transition to democracy and a market economy.
Weathering temperatures below zero, living in the nomads' ger, drinking suteytsai (milk-tea), eating bordzig (a pastry made from wheat dough) and pieces of solid fat (a Mongolian delicacy), Goldstein and Beall studied the seasonal migrations and traditional lifestyle of the nomads. They also watched as a herders' collective under the Marxist-Leninist system made the difficult transition to a...


Lonely Planet Mongolian Phrasebook
Jantsangiyn Bat-Ireedui
086442308X
September 1995
Paperback
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Book Description
This is the only Mongolian language guide available, with an extensive vocabulary, plenty of essential words and phrases, notes on pronunciation, culture and, for the more adventurous, grammar. Make your journey to this fascinating country complete with this useful language kit. the only book available for travellers and language learners extensive pronunciation and grammar chapters appropriate for language learners excellent sections on food, with details on local cooking methods, food available and common dishes cultural background information with tips on etiquette and customs Cyrillic script throughout, with accompanying transliteration comprehensive vocabulary index and thumb tabs for quick reference


Travels in Manchuria and Mongolia
Yosano Akiko
0231123183
Sept 2001
Hardcover
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Review
"Curious, elegant...[Yosano's account] lingers in the mind, calling everything before it into question." -- John McClain, Pacific Reader

Review
"Full of fascinating anecdotes and interesting observations from the pen of a famous poet, this travelogue helps us understand the many subtle nuances of imperialism and nationalism that grand historical studies often sweep aside." -- Akira Iriye, Harvard University

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