Recommended reading? As much in life, it depends on your interests. I like history and trivia. Advance preparation helps plan the route to cover what you don’t want to miss. And once you’re not in Kansas anymore, it increases your power of observation as well as your potential for experiencing Oz. (The public library is an amazing resource.) Given my interests, these books served me well.
Lonely Planet Guidebook on Mongolia
Storm from the East by Robert Marshall + DVD set
The Bloody White Baron by James Palmer
The Mongolian Horde by Roland Strasser
Genghis Khan by Paul Ratchnevsky
Hearing Birds Fly by Louisa Waugh
Hunting Dragons by Charles Gallenkamp
+ “The Weeping Camel“, a National Geographic film
Remember to pack lots of patience for any travel in Mongolia. Have a wonderful trip! These are two sights from Mongolia.