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5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent writing, excellent book, April 2 2011
Tamm has tackled I'd say a long forgotten story of Mannerheim and his journey to China. You'd either have to be a fan of Scandinavian history to know anything about Mannerheim, or you are one of many who really can't live without China. Just look around... how many things are there in your home stating: Made in China. But how much do you really know about this country? There must be countless books about China but Tamm's approach is certainly unique. It's almost as if he's traveling with Mannerheim himself. Tamm has his journals and his photos with him. The only difference... one hundred years in between. How much has really changed or has it at all... I love how Tamm threads Mannerheim's experiences and thoughts of the same places to his own story. I admire Tamm's courage to undertake this journey alone. But at the same time he manages to find friends and good people who are willing to help a complete stranger. Which shows that people in the developing countries or with the different religion aren't really always as evil or dangerous as media too often portrays them.
Tamm travels to China through many former Soviet countries. Coming from one of those it was really interesting to read how they've managed to go on with their lives, how the Soviet times have influenced their current situation. And it's a bit ironic how he was denied a visa to China when he applied as a Canadian. He had to rely on his Estonian passport that he has thanks to his Estonian-born father.
If you love a good travel story with some historical facts, this book is certainly for you.