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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)

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)

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)

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)

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 Mongolia

Lonely Planet Mongolia


by Michael Kohn

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

A comprehensive guide in the Lonely Planet style featuring 46 maps, background detail on the country and culture and practical information for the traveler. (MGL04, $29.99)

Eagle Dreams, Searching for Legends in Wild Mongolia

Eagle Dreams, Searching for Legends in Wild Mongolia


by Stephen Bodio

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES
  • COMING IN FEBRUARY

Charmed from a young age with Kazakh nomads, Stephen Bodio travels to Mongolia, circa 1990. The country has just celebrated its independence, but Bodio is more interested in traditional life as he explores the birthplace of falconry and observes the time-honored traditions that have survived the ages. (MGL82, $14.95)

Khubilai Khan's Lost Fleet: In Search of a Legendary Armada

Khubilai Khan's Lost Fleet: In Search of a Legendary Armada


by James P. Delgado

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

Drawing on evidence from his underwater expeditions, marine archaeologist Delgado reveals the fate of Khan's 13th-century navy, for 700 years considered little more than legend, in this popular account. (CAS184, $23.95)

Mongolian Buddhism, The Rise and Fall of the Sangha

Mongolian Buddhism, The Rise and Fall of the Sangha


by Michael K. Jerryson

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

In a pioneering account of Mongolia's official religion, Jerryson tells its history from the ascent of Buddhism in the 13th century to its decline under the Soviet Union. (MGL60, $24.95)

Moving With The Seasons

Moving With The Seasons


by Liza Carter

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 189 PAGES

Writer and photographer Liza Carter collaborated with a Mongolian family in making this book, an intimate season-by-season account of nomadic Mongolian life on the steppe. Carter's personable prose and excellent photography capture the people's daily lives, in many ways still untouched by modernity. (MGL80, $48.00)

The Mongols

The Mongols


by Stephen Turnbull

  • HISTORY
  • 1986
  • PAPER
  • 40 PAGES

Short, yet informative, this military history of the Mongol Empire in the Men-at-Arms series features full-color depictions of the medieval Mongols, archival illustrations and an overview of Mongol history, warfare and sieges. (MGL38, $17.95)

The Mongols, A Very Short Introduction

The Mongols, A Very Short Introduction


by Morris Rossabi

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

Rossabi, a leading historian, revises the popular perception of the Mongols as savage conquerors to show them as wise rulers who adopted shrewd economic policies, patronized the arts and helped foster peace in the lands they controlled. (MGL76, $11.95)

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)

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)

The Snow Leopard

The Snow Leopard


by Peter Matthiessen

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

The most perceptive, acutely observed and personal of all his books, Matthiessen's account of a five-week journey through Nepal with naturalist George Schaller combines their quest for the elusive cat with a moving introduction to Buddhism and the people and culture of the Himalayas. (NPL03, $17.00)

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)

On the Trail of Genghis Khan, An Epic Journey Through the Land of the Nomads

On the Trail of Genghis Khan, An Epic Journey Through the Land of the Nomads


by Tim Cope

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 509 PAGES

Inspired by the nomadic tradition, award-winning adventurer Tim Cope travels by horseback across the entire length of the Eurasian steppe, from Karakorum, the ancient capital of Mongolia, through Kazakhstan, Russia, Crimea and Ukraine, to the Danube in Hungary, documenting the unbounded hospitality of the people of the steppe. (CAS239, $30.00)

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)

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)

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)

Snow Leopard, Stories from the Roof of the World

Snow Leopard, Stories from the Roof of the World


by Don Hunter

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 190 PAGES

George Schaller, Peter Matthiessen, Avaantseren Bayarjargal and other scientist-adventurers contribute to this collection of first-hand accounts. (HML127, $26.95)

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 Cave of the Yellow Dog

The Cave of the Yellow Dog


by Byambasuren Davaa | Lisa Reisch

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER

The literary tie-in for Davaa's award-winning docu-drama of life on the Mongolian steppe. (MGL58, $16.95)

Birds & People

Birds & People


by Mark Cocker

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 595 PAGES

Part natural history and part cultural study, this book describes and maps the entire spectrum of human engagements with birds, drawing in themes of history, literature, art, cuisine, language, lore, politics and the environment. (BRD122, $65.00)

Dinosaurs of the Flaming Cliffs

Dinosaurs of the Flaming Cliffs


by Michael Novacek

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

Novacek pens an amazing tale of discovery in the Gobi Desert that captures the thrill of exploration and the challenges of field work as well as the story of paleontology and travel in the footsteps of the legendary Roy Chapman Andrews. (MGL17, $18.95)

Birds of Europe, Russia, China, and Japan: Passerines: Tyrant Flycatchers to Buntings

Birds of Europe, Russia, China, and Japan: Passerines: Tyrant Flycatchers to Buntings


by Norman Arlott

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

This Princeton Illustrated Checklist, spanning all of the Russian Arctic, Europe, China, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea, Japan and the Middle East, features 80 color plates with range maps and succinct descriptions. (EUR276, $29.95)

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