- MONGOLIA, Travels in the Untamed Land
- Jasper Becker
- ISBN 978-1-84511-649-1, 2008
- Taurus Parke Paperbacks 322 pp.
A little known land to many Westerners, the author writes of daily life, past genocidal atrocities by the Russians and local rulers and about historical rulers and events. The lasting influence of Genghis Khan, dinosaur and egg hunting and life in the Gobi desert are described during the author’s travels around the region. He also travels to Moscow and London where he knows he can research information about the peoples of Mongolia.
Becker talks of the attempts at democracy, poverty and the need for economic stability.
The communists tried to eradicate religion from Mongolian life. Since communism fell, religion has come out in the open and flourished. A main interest of the author apparently is shamanism, Buddhism and other religions of the several small countries in this part of the world.
An interesting book, but the many grammar mistakes and poor editing detract from the story.