Mongol leader Genghis Khan was by far the greatest conqueror the world has ever known. His empire stretched from the Pacific Ocean to Central Europe, including all of China, the Middle East, and Russia.
So how did an illiterate nomad rise to such colossal power and subdue most of the known world, eclipsing Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, and Napoleon? Credited by some with paving the way for the Renaissance, condemned by others for being the most heinous murderer in history, who was Genghis Khan?
His actual name was Temujin, and the story of his success is that of the Mongol people: a loose collection of fractious tribes who tended livestock, considered bathing taboo, and possessed an unparalleled genius for horseback warfare. United under Genghis, a strategist of astonishing cunning and versatility, they could dominate any sedentary society they chose.
Combining fast-paced accounts of battles with rich cultural background and the latest scholarship, Frank McLynn brings vividly to life the strange world of the Mongols, describes Temujin's rise from boyhood outcast to becoming Genghis Khan, and provides the most accurate and absorbing account yet of one of the most powerful men ever to have lived.
©2015 Frank McLynn (P)2015 Gildan Media LLC
"Sweepingly ambitious and persistently intriguing." (Publishers Weekly)
I was amazed by the extent of this author's grasp of the subject, and it is a fascinating story of one of the most notable and influential persons in history. However, the book was poorly organized and very difficult to follow. The author's decision to organize the various Mongol conquests by place and subject matter rather than chronology was not a prudent choice given the volume of information foisted on the reader.
More details of the man, his interest and interactions with his family.
The author seems to high burrow and wants to show he has great knowledge, but ends up making the book long and at least 7 chapters to long. He uses references, as if, it is common knowledge, and doesn't really explain. I got the book to get intimate knowledge on Genghis Khan, I got better understanding, but not knowledge!
The list would be to long to write here.
If you want casual understanding, then the book is OK.
The coverage was very thorough.
I found it a bit dry and academic.
It's the second most entertaining audiobook on the topic.
I liked Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford a little more.
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