ISBN 9780553814989,Genghis Khan

Genghis Khan


John Man


Random House



Random House

Publication Year 2005

ISBN 9780553814989

ISBN-10 0553814982


Number of Pages 464 Pages
Language (English)

History & Politics

Genghis Khan - creator of the greatest empire the world has ever seen - is one of history?s immortals. In Central Asia, they still use his name to frighten children. In China, he is honoured as the founder of a dynasty. In Mongolia he is the father of the nation. In the USA, Time magazine, voted Genghis Khan ?the most important person of the last millennium?. But how much do we really know about this man? How is it that an unlettered, unsophisticated warrior-nomad came to have such a profound effect on world politics that his influence can still be felt some 800 years later? nHow he united the deeply divided Mongol peoples and went on to rule an empire that stretched from China in the east to Poland in the west (one substantially larger than Rome's at its zenith) is an epic tale of martial genius and breathtaking cruelty. John Man?s towering achievement in this book, enriched by his experiences in China and Mongolia today, is to bring this little-known story vividly and viscerally to life. About the Author John Man is a historian and traveller with special interests in Mongolia and the history of written communication. His GOBI: TRACKING THE DESERT was the first book on the subject since the 1920s. He is also the author of THE ATLAS OF THE YEAR 1000, a portrait of the world at the turn of the millennium, ALPHA BETA, on the roots of the alphabet, and THE GUTENBERG REVOLUTION, an examination of the origins and impact of printing. His most recent book is GENGHIS KHAN. He lives in London. Table of Contents Absorbing and beautifully written...he [Man] conjures up an ancient people in an alien landscape in such a way as to make them live...a thrilling account','First-rate...lively and argued with elan...a fine introduction to the subject, as well as a rattling good read','A fine, well-written and well-researched book','An eloquent account, not only of a fascinating historical figure and his people, but of the resonance of history itself',?Enthralling and colourful?,'John Man's brilliant, vivid and erudite Genghis Khan brings conqueror and Mongols to life',?Fascinating?every bit as gripping as it subject deserves?vividly captures the warlord?s charisma, together with the mixture of ruthlessness, military genius and self-belief which, Man argues, made him the greatest leader ever...History doesn't come much more enthralling than this? Yorkshire Evening Post,?Man is an excellent guide?well-versed in Mongolian, he has travelled extensively in the country while researching the more mysterious elements Genghis? life, and this experience shines through the book?he writes knowledgeably? Literary Review