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The only popular biography of Genghis Khan available.Fully illustrated - looks at the man behind the myth.Genghis Khan rivals Alexander the Great for the title of the world's greatest general - and exerts that same fascination over the modern mind.Published simultaneously with the author's new biography ATTILA THE HUN in Bantam Press.Author is a world authority on Mongolian affairs.Great reviews & sales for the Bantam Press hardcover.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.

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?
How 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.

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 accountFirst-rate...lively and argued with elan...a fine introduction to the subject, as well as a rattling good readA fine, well-written and well-researched bookAn eloquent account, not only of a fascinating historical figure and his people, but of the resonance of history itselfEnthralling and colourful

Product Details

Title: Genghis Khan
Author: John Man
SKU: BK0108918
EAN: 9780553814989
Language: English

About Author

John Man is a historian and travel writer with a special interest in Mongolia. After reading German and French at Oxford he did two postgraduate courses, one in the history of science at Oxford, the other in Mongolian at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.

John has written acclaimed and highly successful biographies of Genghis Khan, Attila the Hun and Kublai Khan as well as Alpha Beta, on the history of the alphabet, and The Gutenberg Revolution, on the invention of printing.

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