The Horse That Leaps Through Clouds

The Horse That Leaps Through Clouds

A Tale of Espionage, the Silk Road, and the Rise of Modern China

Book - 2011
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Recreating the journey of Carl Mannerheim, a Finnish envoy sent by the last Russian tsar to study China in 1906, the author presents insights into modern China and examines the tensions between the Communist government's need for control and the Western ideals of democracy and personal freedom.
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint Press : Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2011
ISBN: 9781582437347
Branch Call Number: 951.035 TAMM
Characteristics: xxi, 496 p. : maps ; 24 cm


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Jan 06, 2012

A truly amazing chronicle of Tamm's journey in the footsteps of Mannerheim and his insights of political & developing China then & now- well worth a slow read. I believe this deserves a wide audience and further recognition as literary non-fiction - highly recommended.

May 12, 2011

Absolutely brilliant book about a man who had a major effect on European history from the first to the second World War and yet is almost unknown in North America.

In 1906 Baron Gustaf Mannerheim was asked by the Russian Tsar to collect information on the sweeping changes in China. He traveled for more than two years in China, Tibet, and the Muslim borderlands writing his observations. After his return home the Baron took a major role in Russian and Finnish history.

In 2006 an Ottawa journalist boarded a train in Moscow to retrace Mannerheim's journey and compare what has changed in China from what the Baron saw. The result is a fascinating book about what is happening in China today - which is quite different from the impression given by news reports.


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