In the Empire of Genghis Khan: An Amazing Odyssey Through the Lands of the Most Feared Conquerors in History

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Describes the author's horseback journey from Istanbul to the homeland of the Mongol homeland, during which he visited the sites of Genghis Kahn's conquests between the Danube and the Yellow Sea.

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In recent years, Mongolia has received unprecedented literary attention. Stanley Stewart's third travel book, In the Empire of Genghis Khan, puts Stewart in the company of Tim Severin, Nick Middleton and Benedict Allen, telling of his journey across Mongolia on horseback, in the hoofprints of the famous Mongol emperor.

Stewart's narrative is moulded in the style of older travel classics, as both an epic journey and an historical quest, and the 2001 Thomas Cook Travel Book Award has been given to him for the book, making Stewart only the second writer--after Jonathan Raban--to win the "Booker of travel writing" twice.

Interestingly, Stewart is a very different writer to Raban, with his prose being most distinctive when dwelling on Mongolia's wild geography--here, its lyricism and scope make it a joy to read. Insightful when discussing Mongol culture and history, and sensitive to the concerns of the nomadic way of life, his only flaw in this book is in trying to drag too much humour out of his subjects, which occasionally makes him a less than sympathetic companion to the isolated people that he meets.

Nevertheless, In the Empire of Genghis Khan is beautifully written and Stewart's style wins through. Travelling with local guides and meeting hundreds of Mongolian nomads, his book introduces us to a little-known world of vodka-drinking shamans and summer festivals in the steppe. In the course of his exciting, demanding journey, he paints an intimate portrait of a world that most of us find difficult to imagine, and of a way of life that will probably vanish during our lifetimes. --Toby Green

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"A lyrical journey to a place where, it is probably safe to say, few Westerners have ventured. Stewart writes of his experiences with compassion and great charm. (The book) is also full of humor."
--"Chicago Tribune

"His observations of social and spiritual detail are supplemented with relevant historical background, and his more memorable encounters are often imbued with affableif not self-deprecatinghumor. An engaging travel memoir. Recommended for most public and academic libraries." --"The Library Journal
"The phone was ringing, deadlines were coming and going, but none of it mattered. I was lost in a book, this book, definitely the funniest travel book Ive read in years. Whats attractive is its light heart, its easygoing attitude. Youll find yourself impressed, moved without being able to tell how he got you to that point. And while he makes fun of the Mongolians, its a friendly kind of fun; he also likes and respects them. The English loved it. Youre going to love it, too. Thats a guarantee."--"National Geographic Adventure
" A Stanley Stewart travel story about a walk to the nearest corner would be a page-turner. And that is because, unlike too many other travel writers, he takes his readers on the most important trip of all: the journey of a good sentence."--"The Washington Post (Book World)
"author Stewart writes of his experiences with compassion and great charm. It is full of humor."" --the Washington Post
"A highly enjoyable travelogue." "--Time magazine
"This is a modern picaresque, told with affection and verve. Never condescending or ethnocentric, Stewart''s tale is vivid, evocative and compelling.""-- Saudi Armaco World
"One of the best travel books of the year."--"Sunday Times"
"The author has a gift for merging history and anecdote and succeeds in engaging the reader throughout this informed narrative."--"Publishers Weekly"
"One of the best travel books of the year."--Sunday Times

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