Walking the Gobi: 1,600 Mile-trek Across a Desert of Hope and Despair by Helen Thayer (2007) – Helen and her husband decide to walk across the Gobi Desert with two camels: Tom and Jerry. Along the way the encounter herding families in the middle of nowhere, border patrols, thirst, and great beauty.
- Ghengis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford – The definitive history of Mongolia and Chinggiss Khan.
- The Horse Boy by Rupert Isaacson – After his son is diagnosed with Autism Rupert Isaacson decides to take his family on a journey to Mongolia to find a shaman who just may help his son Rowan. Also a film.
- Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale – Young adult novel loosely based on Mongolia. A princess and her maid are locked in a tower by a king for refusing to marry the man her father chose. The story is written in diary format from the maid’s perspective. Great for readers young and old.
- “Mongol” (2007) – The story recounts the early life of Genghis Khan who was a slave before going on to conquer half the world including Russia in 1206.
- “The Horse Boy” (2009) – Chronicles the journey of the Isaacson family as they travel through Mongolia in search of a mysterious shaman who they believe can heal their autistic son. This film delves into the strange world of autism, horses, shamanism, and Mongolia while telling the story of a family that will go to the end of the earth to find a way into their son’s life. Official Website
- “Babies” (2010) – Documentary that looks at one year in the life of four babies from around the world, from Mongolia to Namibia to San Francisco to Tokyo.
- US Peace Corps’ Mongolia
- Mongolia’s government website
- Expatistan – Cost of living calculator; compare prices around the globe.