Tuva Or Bust!

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by Ralph Leighton | Travel | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0393320693 Global Overview for this book
Registered by freezone of Boston, Massachusetts USA on 9/19/2018
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Journal Entry 1 by freezone from Boston, Massachusetts USA on Wednesday, September 19, 2018
How do you get to one of the most remote places on earth, now that it's one of the lesser known countries within the USSR? Well, a lot of team effort and complexity. Finally, you'll explore the extremely remote area famous for its throat singing and unique culture.

Enjoy your new free book!

Journal Entry 2 by freezone at -- Bookbox, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA on Friday, September 21, 2018

Released 5 mos ago (9/21/2018 UTC) at -- Bookbox, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA

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going into goaliegirl's travel narrative bookbox. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 3 by wing6of8wing at Silver Spring, Maryland USA on Saturday, October 20, 2018
Since I had a stack of books from the late MaryZee which would go in the box, but none of my own (and a few I haven't read that I got out of the last round of the book box), I offered to let my fellow BCinDCers piggyback off my turn by pulling out a book if they were interested. We have done this in the past because ResQgeek in particular enjoys the genre. I am not surprised that this was his selection, because he is interested in Mr. Feynman. I will take this to the meet-up tomorrow for him.

Journal Entry 4 by wing6of8wing at Alexandria, Virginia USA on Saturday, October 20, 2018

Released 4 mos ago (10/21/2018 UTC) at Alexandria, Virginia USA

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This book is being passed along to ResQgeek from the Travel Narratives Book Box. I hope he enjoys the combination of Richard Feynman and impossible travel to a no-longer-extant country.

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Journal Entry 5 by ResQgeek at Alexandria, Virginia USA on Sunday, October 21, 2018
I received this from 6of8 at today's meetup. While I certainly don't have any shortage of books to read, I do enjoy travel narratives, and Richard Feynman is one of the most fascinating scientist of the last century, so I couldn't resist this book.

Journal Entry 6 by ResQgeek at Alexandria, Virginia USA on Friday, November 23, 2018
As a travel narrative, this is a bit of an unusual book, in that it is mostly about trying to get to a particular place, but doesn't really provide a narrative of actually traveling there. As with much else in Richard Feynman's life, this all began with a whimsical bit of silliness. Feynman knew of Tannu Tuva from his childhood stamp collecting, and used that trivia to stump his friend Ralph Leighton. In the process, he triggered a quest to visit this remote place, which was nominally independent only for a brief period in the first half of the twentieth century before it joined the Soviet Union (it is now part of the Russian Federation).

This is a bit of a time capsule, highlighting the tensions between the Soviet Union and the United States during the 1980s. These relations form the backdrop to the story of the friends' efforts to travel to Tuva, and played a large role in the struggles they encountered. Not only is Tuva exceptionally remote (located between Siberia and Mongolia), but the Soviet red tape made travel there by outsiders exceedingly difficult.

While the efforts to reach Tuva mostly failed to come to fruition, the story of the effort highlights the personalities of those involved, and show how individuals can bridge cultural and political differences to form friendships. And that is perhaps the most inspiring part of this story...that ordinary people can reach across enormous barriers of distance and culture and find commonality with those on the other side.

Journal Entry 7 by ResQgeek at BC-in-DC, Meeting -- Controlled Releases on Saturday, January 19, 2019

Released 1 mo ago (1/19/2019 UTC) at BC-in-DC, Meeting -- Controlled Releases

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This book will be shared at the monthly BC-in-DC meeting.

Journal Entry 8 by wingmelydiawing at Rockville, Maryland USA on Saturday, January 19, 2019
Picked this up at today's BCinDC meetup. Looks interesting, and Feynman is always a fascinating character.

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