Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2018. First Edition. Trade Paperback. USED - Very Good/ Fine. Light wear to corners. Very faint green stains to fore edge. Clean, unmarked, tight. B/W photographs. Glossary. Bibliography. Index. 15 x 23 cm. 292 pp. Item #14996
Ulaanbaatar beyond Water and Grass is the first book in the English language that takes the visitors to an in-depth exploration of the capital of Mongolia. In the first section of the book, M. A. Aldrich paints a detailed portrait of the history, religion, and architecture of Ulaanbaatar with reference to how the city evolved from a monastic settlement to a communist-inspired capital and finally to a major city of free-wheeling capitalism and Tammany Hall politics. The second section of the book offers the reader a tour of different sites within the city and beyond, bringing back to life the human dramas that have played themselves out on the stage of Ulaanbaatar.
Where most guide books often lightly discuss the capital, Ulaanbaatar beyond Water and Grass: A Guide to the Capital of Mongolia reveals much that remains hidden from the temporary visitor and even from the long-term resident. Writing in a quirky, idiosyncratic style, the author shares his appreciation and delight in this unique urban setting—indeed, in all things Mongolian. The book finally does justice to one of the most neglected cultural capitals in Asia.
M. A. Aldrich is a lawyer and author who has lived and worked in Asia for nearly thirty years. He has previously published The Search for a Vanishing Beijing: A Guide to China’s Capital through the Ages and The Perfumed Palace: Islam’s Journey from Mecca to Peking in addition to numerous articles on Chinese and Mongolian law. He is currently writing a book about Lhasa.