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Bradt Guide Mongolia

Bradt Guide Mongolia

by Jane Blunden

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

Once the student of explorer and historian Owen Lattimore, Blunden draws on her long association with Mongolia (and many friends) for this comprehensive, up-to-date guide. (MGL44, $29.99)

Hearing Birds Fly

Hearing Birds Fly

by Louisa Waugh

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 270 PAGES

A transporting account of the people, landscapes and challenges of life in westernmost Mongolia. The author is attuned to the diverse ethnic mix of the region with its dominant population of Muslim Kazakhs, Mongol Halkhs and Altai Tuvans. (MGL45, $17.95)

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

by Jack Weatherford

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

Weatherford, who has lived and studied in Mongolia, interweaves his own travels and field work on the Central Asian steppes, much of it on horseback, with a lively portrait of Genghis Khan and the world of the medieval Mongols. The Mongols introduced not only mayhem, but also paper, printing, gunpowder, the compass and trousers to their far-flung empire. (CAS106, $15.00)

Modern Mongolia, Reclaiming Genghis Khan

Modern Mongolia, Reclaiming Genghis Khan

by Paula Sabloff

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 148 PAGES

This slim primer, richly illustrated with 120 color photographs, covers the sweep and excitement of 20th-century Mongolian history, the country's nomadic heritage and the legacy of Genghis Khan. (MGL37, $24.95)

Mongolia Map

Mongolia Map

by Gizi Map

  • 2011
  • MAP

This attractive map (1:2,500,000) includes a small street plan of Ulaanbaatar. (MGL03, $14.95)

 
Lonely Planet Mongolian Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Mongolian Phrasebook


by J. Bat-Ireediu

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 212 PAGES

A handy pocket guide to Khalkh Mongolian, the language spoken in Mongolia and surrounding parts of Russia and China. (MGL19, $9.99)

Odyssey Guide Mongolia

Odyssey Guide Mongolia


by Carl Robinson

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 536 PAGES

For this comprehensive illustrated guide, Robinson includes contributions from friends and colleagues, including American Museum of Natural History paleontologist Mark Norrell and Smithsonian ethnographer William Fitzhugh. (MGL31, $29.95)

Modern Mongolia, From Khans to Commissars to Capitalists

Modern Mongolia, From Khans to Commissars to Capitalists


by Morris Rossabi

  • HISTORY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 397 PAGES

Rossabi documents the dramatic changes in Mongolia since the collapse of the Soviet Union in this detailed analysis of Mongolia's political economy, recent economic changes and prospects. A detailed, comprehensive portrait. (MGL46, $38.95)

The Secret History of the Mongols, The Origin of Chingis Khan

The Secret History of the Mongols, The Origin of Chingis Khan


by Paul Kahn

  • HISTORY
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 201 PAGES

The 13th-century Mongolian account of the life of Chingis Khan, adapted as a prose poem in the tradition of Virgil and Homer. It's a heroic tribute rich in details about the daily life, history and culture of the nomadic clans of Central Asia. (MGL20, $34.95)

The Story of the Weeping Camel

The Story of the Weeping Camel


by Byambasuren Davaa

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2005
  • DVD
  • OUT OF PRINT

Oscar-nominated Davaa's engaging film of a nomadic Mongolian family blends documentary footage and fictional narrative into a satisfying portrait of life on the steppes. (MGL55, $27.95)

Women of Mongolia

Women of Mongolia


by Martha Avery

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 187 PAGES

An astoundingly diverse sample of contemporary Mongolian women from every segment of the country. Each woman is profiled with a photograph and a brief first-person description of her life. (MGL07, $19.95)

In the Empire of Genghis Khan, A Journey Among Nomads

In the Empire of Genghis Khan, A Journey Among Nomads


by Stanley Stewart

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 266 PAGES

Mixing anecdote and history, Stewart captures the warmth and spirit of people he encountered in this spirited tale of an epic journey across Eurasia, much of it on horseback, to Mongolia. (MGL40, $14.95)

The Bloody White Baron

The Bloody White Baron


by James Palmer

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 274 PAGES

Palmer turns his biography of the rabidly anti-Semitic madman Baron Nikolai Maximilian von Ungern-Sternberg -- and his improbable reign as the last Khan of Mongolia -- into a fascinating tale of politics run amok in Mongolia and the Russian Far East. (MGL66, $15.99)

The Secret History of the Mongol Queens

The Secret History of the Mongol Queens


by Jack Weatherford

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

Weatherford (Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World) turns to the wives and daughters of the great medieval leader in this bold history of the women of the Silk Road. (MGL71, $15.00)

Walking the Gobi

Walking the Gobi


by Helen Thayer

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

Thayer weaves her experiences on a camel trek with a portrait of the region's nomadic cultures and natural history. (MGL56, $16.95)

When Things Get Dark

When Things Get Dark


by Matthew Davis

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 320 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

The young Peace Corps volunteer writes with raw honesty of his two-year, life-changing stint as an ill-prepared English teacher in Mongolia, where he struggled with the brutal winter, unmotivated students and his own dark days. (MGL70, $35.99)

Wild East, The New Mongolia

Wild East, The New Mongolia


by Jill Lawless

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 230 PAGES

Lawless captures the startling contrasts of emerging technologies, MTV culture and crumbling Soviet heritage on the wide, open plains in this entertaining tale of life in modern Mongolia. (MGL27, $16.95)

Genghis, Birth of an Empire

Genghis, Birth of an Empire


by Conn Iggulden

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 528 PAGES

The author of the best-selling series of novels on Julius Caesar takes on the legendary warrior in this gripping and historically accurate novel. (CAS145, $16.00)

Mongolian Folktales

Mongolian Folktales


by Hilary Roe Metternich

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 131 PAGES

A well-chosen collection of stories with dramatic paper-cut illustrations by Norovsambuugiin Baatartsog. (MGL06, $19.95)

The Blue Sky

The Blue Sky


by Galsan Tschinag

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Set in the Altai Mountains of northern Mongolia, this novel confronts the clashes between the nomadic Tuvan people's ancient way of life and the pervasive influence of modern society. (MGL79, $15.00)

The Shadow Walker

The Shadow Walker


by Michael Walters

  • MYSTERY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

Walter's cunning tale of multiple murder (so unusual in modern Mongolia that a British detective is called in to help him on the case) is set against vivid descriptions of Mongolia, its people and culture. (MGL63, $19.00)

Wolf Totem

Wolf Totem


by Jiang Rong

  • LITERATURE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 544 PAGES

Defiant, unyielding, feared, hunted and revered, the great Mongolian wolf is the heart and center of Rong's epic tale of a young man from Beijing and his surprising encounters on the Mongolian steppe. A stirring epic, allegory and elegy for a vanished way of life, the novel won the first Man Asia Prize. (CHN471, $16.00)

Birds of Mongolia


by Sundev Gombobaatar

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES
  • COMING IN JULY

This first modern field guide to the diverse birds of Mongolia features 83 color plates, species descriptions, and maps. (MGL62, $35.00)

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