Editorial Reviews From School Library Journal For most students, the only image conjured up by the mention of Mongolia may be that of Genghis Khan and his Mongol hordes set on
conquest in China. Mongolia's complex history is matched by its current status as an emerging Third World nation, beset with problems but growing stronger both internally and internationally. Many aspects of the country and culture are treated in a comprehensive manner in the exhaustive, painfully dry text. Geography, natural resources, history, politics, and culture are examined. The text picks up impetus and interest in the lengthy historical section, but otherwise sticks to a lifeless and monotone droning of facts. As with other titles in this series, boxed inserts on specific events or areas of Mongolian history or culture provide breaks, but do not add the necessary verve. Rebecca Stefoff's Mongolia (Chelsea, 1986; o.p.), for a slightly younger audience, is less detailed but has attractive, attention-grabbing illustrations in color and in black-and-white. Major's book provides far more information, but lacking the browsing draw of color photographs, it will be best used for reports. A lengthy bibliography, listing both print and nonprint materials, and suggestions for further reading (mostly adult titles) are included. --Ann Welton, University Child Development School, Seattle Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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