Michael Kohn, editor of the Mongol Messenger, is one steppe ahead of the journalistic posse in this epic Western set in the Far East. Kohns 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 Asias most fascinating, mysterious and misunderstood lands.Michael Kohn is one of the most talented new travel journalists on the international scene.
Known for his Lonely Planet guidebook to Mongolia, Kohns inside out exploration of this fascinating country is must reading for anyone who wants to understand the future of the Asian continent. Informative, funny, heart breaking and endlessly fascinating, this book is a page turner that invites comparison to the best of Pico Iyer and Bill Bryson.Michael Kohn is the author of Lonely Planet guides to Mongolia and Colombia.