Dateline Mongolia: An American Journalist in Nomad's Land

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RDR Books, 2006 - Travel - 346 pages
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Michael Kohn, editor of the Mongol Messenger, is one steppe ahead of the journalistic posse in this epic Western set in the Far East. Kohn's book is an irresistible account of a nation where falcon poachers, cattle rustlers, exiled Buddhist leaders, death-defying child jockeys and political assassins vie for page one. The turf war between lamas, shamans, Mormon elders and ministers provides the spiritual backdrop in this nation recently liberated from Soviet orthodoxy. From the reincarnated Bogd Khaan and his press spokesman to vodka-fueled racing entrepreneurs and political leaders unclear on the concept of freedom of the press, Kohn explores one of Asia's most fascinating, mysterious and misunderstood lands.
 

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User Review  - BookWallah - LibraryThing

Mid 20's traveler lands job as Editor of English language newspaper in Mongolia in late 1990s and learns to write. Great travel memoir / history retrospective / current affairs book results. I was ... Read full review

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User Review  - ritaer - LibraryThing

Dateline Mongolia is a tale of a Westerner in a strange land, confiming some preconceptions, overturning others. Since it was written several years after the author's less than four year stay in ... Read full review

Contents

PROLOGUE The Four Hour Visitor
3
The Frozen Capital
7
The Conqueror and the Communists
24
The Winds of Change
37
The Bold Hunter
48
Crime and Punishment
62
On Top with Old Smokie
73
Politics as Usual
93
Buriats Unite
192
Spiritual Run
208
Over the Moon Cuckoo
227
An Outing to Inner Mongolia
247
17 Winter of Discontent
261
The Summer Rains
280
Where Eagles Dare 297
297
Over the Great Wall
315

Thundering Hooves 113
113
The Wild West
126
The Falcon Scoop
141
A God King Returns 159
159
On a Mission
178
GLOSSARY
336
MONGOLIA FAST FACTS
338
RECOMMENDED READING
344
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
345
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