My Journey to Mongolia: A Reporter's Journal is a compilation of short sketches of incidents, usually written shortly after they occurred. They offer a glimpse of my 16 months backpacking across the Mongolian steppe training journalists -- where I met reindeer herders, feasted on sheep ears, bonded with Eagle hunters, drank fermented mare's milk, hiked through a blizzard and awoke to an icy hotel room to discover my toothpaste had frozen. All along the way, I met some of the warmest people in the world in one of the coldest places on Earth.
Charles S. Rice is an accomplished writer, painter and journalist. He worked for thirty years as a broadcast journalist and won numerous awards. Over the past nine years he has worked in international development. As a result, Mr. Rice has worked and lived in more than half a dozen countries. As a visitor to any new place, he tries to absorb as much of the local culture as possible. Mr. Rice has been fortunate in that his work allows him to work closely with local citizens. His new book on Mongolia explores those relationships and the culture of the country. He likes to call each story a short sketch with observations he made in a wide variety of settings. Mr. Rice grew up on a 100 acre farm in the western part of North Carolina and it was during those growing up years that he developed his writing and painting skills. The farm provided a wonderful opportunity to explore and develop his sense of curiosity about the world. Mr. Rice is currently working on his second book that will focus on his experiences in Central Asia and the Caucasus.