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The Horse That Leaps through Clouds

April 2011

"The garb, personalities, and concerns of drivers, translators, and other transitory friends generate the narrative arc of his travelogue, which is as replete with his pluck and wise observations as any vicarious traveler-reader could wish. 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, Apr 15, 2011
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The Horse That Leaps through Clouds

The Horse That Leaps through Clouds

April 2011

"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, Apr 15, 2011
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The Horse That Leaps through Clouds

February 2011

"A sophisticated journalist indeed, Mr. Tamm gathers observations like gemstones."

Dilomat & International Canada, Feb 18, 2011
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The Horse That Leaps through Clouds

October 2010

“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, Oct 2, 2010
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The Horse That Leaps through Clouds

September 2010

“[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, Sep 29, 2010
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The Horse That Leaps through Clouds

September 2010

“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, Sep 20, 2010
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The Horse That Leaps through Clouds

August 2010

“An intriguing volume, and…a stirring history.”

Winnipeg Free Press, Aug 4, 2010
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The Horse That Leaps through Clouds

July 2010

"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, Jul 19, 2010
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