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The Horse that Leaps Through Clouds: A Tale of Espionage, the Silk Road and the Rise of Modern China Hardcover – Sep 4 2010

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  • Hardcover: 520 pages
  • Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre (July 30 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155365269X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1553652694
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 907 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #624,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A sophisticated journalist indeed, Mr. Tamm gathers observations like gemstones." (Diplomat & International Canada)

"Tamm's account of his journey has tremendous scope and panache. He unearths what has happened to these regions in the intervening 100 years and his ghost companion, Mannerheim, proves useful as a baseline from which to gauge the changes. Tamm's themes are the vanishing of languages and ways of life, environmental depredation, China's colonization of the hinterlands and, finally, the prospects for its political development...The Horse That Leaps Through Clouds is a serious, generous and enlightening introduction to this huge and infrequently travelled part of the world." (Vancouver Sun)

"[The Horse that Leaps Through Clouds] is a captivating ride in an area of the world that has gone largely unreported and Tamm is an engaging guide." (Ottawa Citizen)

"Tamm writes superbly in describing his experiences and he is unafraid to recount conditions as they are, with a critical eye...It is part history, part geography, part anthropology and part cautionary tale." (Waterloo Region Record)

“An intriguing volume, and…a stirring history.” (Winnipeg Free Press)

"Following in the footsteps of Baron Carl Gustav Mannerheim, the last Tsarist spy in the so-called Great Game, Tamm has written a grand sweep of a narrative. It combines a long and arduous physical journey -- 9 months and 17,000 kilometers from St. Petersburg across the Tibetan Plateau and the Gobi desert to Beijing -- with the revelations of high stakes history -- espionage in virtually unknown territory in the early years of the twentieth century. At its core, this is a journey into the soul of the Middle Kingdom, and the roots of modern China. Full of wild characters, harsh geography, and historical surprise, Tamm's journey reveals him to be at once an intrepid adventurer, fine writer, and discerning historian. Altogether a wonderful book." (Wade Davis, author of "The Wayfinders")

"Overcoming all obstacles, enduring discomforts of deserts, mountains, and overcrowded buses, Tamm, with his historical and cultural perceptiveness, renders an exquisite portrait of continuities and contrasts in the regions Mannerheim and he traversed." (Booklist)

About the Author

Eric Enno Tamm is an author, journalist and analyst with more than 15 years' experience in the media and non-profit sector. His first book, Beyond the Outer Shores: The Untold Story of Ed Ricketts, was a Kiriyama Prize Notable Book in 2005. He holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and a master's degree in European affairs from Lund University in Sweden. He currently lives and works in Ottawa, Ontario.

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