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Dateline Mongolia: An American Journalist in Nomad's Land Paperback – October 1, 2006
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In the course of these assignments, Michael has interviewed several Mongolian prime ministers and presidents. He has interviewed model Heidi Klum, mountain climber Conrad Anker and Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Michael also worked with local media outlets in Ulaanbaatar - volunteering his time at the radio station, TV station and School of Journalism. He appeared in a Mongolian film and hosted a weekly talk radio show. In 1999, a story he wrote on poverty attracted the attention of the British embassy, which donated a stove to the family he interviewed. A visiting CNN news crew filmed the handover ceremony.
When not working, he became acquainted with life on the ground by hitchhiking to the most remote corners of Mongolia, spending weeks at a time with nomadic herders. He has traveled to every Mongolian province, trekked alongside Kazakh eagle hunters, run a marathon on the shores of lake Khovsgol and cycled across Mongolia's northern borderlands.
Michael has visited nearly 70 countries, many of them as a researcher for Lonely Planet. The list of guides he has authored or co-authored include China, Russia, Mongolia, Tibet, Central Asia, Israel & The Palestinian Territories, South Africa, Armenia and the Trans-Siberia Railway. Along the way he has reported on conflicts in Kashmir, Afghanistan and Nepal.
Michael received Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He lives in San Francisco with his wife Gail and daughter Molly.
Top Customer Reviews
Michael tells the story of Mongolia from the cities to the steppes and includes some interesting insights into its political history including its sometimes painful transition from Soviet Communism to a free-market economy. In this reviewer's opinion it made that transition quite well with little of the corruption of the ex-Soviet states to the West.
In short this book brought a whole culture and country to my attention which I had never thought existed; believing as I did that Mongolia was much like an outpost of China. For seasoned travellers and armchair enthusiasts alike, this book will interest you.
Diane C. Donovan
Mongolia is very different than anywhere I have traveled. A hard place with extreme weather, little social services and support, wide open spaces and extremely interesting people.
The author captured a lot of the things I found interesting in my 10 day visit which began with the 30 hour train ride from Beijing.
Much to my dismay, the book didn't have much about hyperinflation but I couldn't stop reading it. The stories he wrote happened when I was a little kid barely understanding the news in the 90s, and here was this foreigner working at the only State-run English newspaper, absorbing all the major, monumental events of the Lost Generation*, like the Zorig's assassination, Cold-war era's washed-out bands coming here and the Cameroonians who "introduced" AIDS to Mongolia etc. Reading about these and recalling childhood memories made me really nostalgic.
* -- We call the 90s the Lost Generation (Sapirtsan uye :P), because after Mongolia dropped communist regime, the transformation to democracy was hard on the social psyche and fabric.
As a former-expat Mongolian, I would highly recommend this book to other English-fluent Mongolians, as I believe this gives us an un-redacted, outsider's perspective on the late 90's history, from which we can get our general sense of continuity. Plus, Mongolia doesn't always get covered by English-speaking authors, at least not the modern Mongolia.
But it's not just the facts that he should be applauded for, he had extensively listed out statements, ideologies that resonate with Mongolians (or at least me). He even has the political backdrop right! I remember reading the book and thinking to myself "That's so true!" and "How was he able to make this observation?!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I got this book as a gift and upon starting it, I couldn't put it down. It details in a very personal way the experiences of the writer while in Mongolia. Read morePublished on June 20, 2010 by Rodger Rosenberg
This is a good book overall and provides some good insights into Mongolia. It's essentially a collection of essays from his time in Mongolia. Read morePublished on December 5, 2009 by C. Anderson
As a reader who spends most of his time in Asia and who visited Mongolia a few times, I agree that what the author has written is mostly true--only on the surface. Read morePublished on December 31, 2007 by W. Zhang
A most fascinating journey into the otherwise mysterious world of Mongolia. Kohn has a keen sense of the land, the history, and the people and is able to convey it to readers in a... Read morePublished on July 1, 2007 by Tiffany K. Carboni
A delightful book. It is well written, giving vivid and humorous descriptions of the author's experiences while living in Mongolia.Published on March 9, 2007 by Pamela Fadlovich