"This powerful and comprehensive study of the great Mongol takes your breath away with the sheer scale and fury of the man’s conquests and cruelties. Told with chilling relish" (Melvyn Bragg Observer Books of the Year)
"A formidable study of the world’s greatest conqueror. With this compelling history of a brilliant, complex leader and ruthless master of warfare, McLynn has done his man proud" (Justin Marozzi Sunday Times)
"McLynn has carefully synthesised the work of hundreds of scholars to create a sensitive and immensely detailed portrait of an extraordinary leader" ( The Times)
"A vivid, page-turning biography" ( Spectator)
"Fuses classic biography with a colourful study of medieval Mongolian culture … recounts in detailed, elegant prose the life and legacy of one of history’s greatest monsters" ( Sunday Telegraph)
Frank McLynn's Genghis Khan is a magnificent new biography of the greatest conqueror the world has ever known, based on newly translated sources and the latest scholarship.
At its peak, 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 from the steppes of Central Asia rise to such colossal power, 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 Temüjin, and the story of his success is the story of the Mongol people: a loose collection of fractious tribes who tended livestock, ate a diet of meat and fermented yak’s milk, considered bathing strictly taboo and possessed an unparalleled genius for horseback warfare. United under Genghis, a strategist of astonishing cunning and versatility, they were able to dominate any sedentary society they chose.
Combining fast-paced accounts of battles with rich cultural background, Frank McLynn brings vividly to life the strange and distant world of the Mongols, describes Temujin’s rise from boyhood outcast to the most powerful man in the world, and provides the most accurate and absorbing account yet of one of the most extraordinary men ever to have lived.
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Descripción Random House 2015-08-04, 2015. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Hardcover. Publisher overstock, may contain remainder mark on edge. Nº de ref. de la librería 9780224072908B