Genghis Khan: His Conquests, His Empire, His Legacy

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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.

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About the Author:

Frank McLynn is a highly regarded historian and the author of more than twenty critically acclaimed biographies, including Marcus Aurelius and Richard & John. A graduate of Wadham College, Oxford, and London University, where he obtained his doctorate, he lives and writes in England.

Review:

The Spectator (UK), 6/27/15
[Khan's] was an extraordinary, epic story and Frank McLynn does it full justice in a vivid, page-turning biography.”

Sunday Times (UK), 6/21/15
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.”

Sunday Times (UK), Must Reads,” 6/28/15
A formidable study of the ruthless Mongolian nomad who carved out an empire.”

The Times (UK), 6/27/15
McLynn has carefully synthesized the work of hundreds of scholars to create a sensitive and immensely detailed portrait of an extraordinary leader.”

Shelf Awareness for Readers, 7/31/15
A staggeringly ambitious biography of history's greatest conqueror Genghis Khan is fascinating enough to appeal to any history fan.”

Maclean's, 7/24/15
McLynn's bio of the legendary, brutal conqueror reveals the Mongol's mantras.”

My Big Honkin Blog, 7/29/15
The hundred pages of endnotes clearly illustrates the efforts that McLynn put forth in penning Genghis Khan.”

Examiner.com, 8/3/15
Brings us face to face with this complex man who shaped the course of history.”
Praise for Genghis Khan

Booklist, July 2015
This ambitious and massive effort offers some credible insights into the qualities of Genghis while providing an excellent chronicle of his military campaigns and conquests. Particularly interesting is McLynn's description of thirteenth-century Mongolia, with its incredibly complicated web of tribes, clans, and subclans This is an informative and admirable effort that is ideal for general readers.”

Kirkus Reviews starred review, 5/15/15
A sanguinary and thorough account of the greatest conqueror the world has ever known.' McLynn knows the terrain and the times so well that he writes about 12th- and 13th-century history and culture as if it were yesterday. Throughout this intricately detailed text, the author pauses continually to explain relevant devices, personalities, political situations, and geography all of this gives readers a chance to truly understand McLynn recognizes that the historical sources must be constantly questioned and analyzed, as victors tend to inflate their victories and losers, to minimize and blame Thoroughly researched, grim, grisly, and sometimes even grudgingly admiring.”

Publishers Weekly, 5/18/15
Sweepingly ambitious and persistently intriguing.”

Lemuria blog, 10/10/15
Wildly interesting and very informative.”

Manhattan Book Review, 11/1/15
[A] monumental masterpiece Genghis Khan is no mere dry history book; the subject matter is so fascinating that despite few attempts to spice things up, one cannot help but be engrossed in the tale of one of history's greatest protagonists McLynn's work is flawless; even if readers are not interested in a history, it would stand on its own as a masterwork novel of intrigue and conquest.”

New York Journal of Books, 12/5/15
[McLynn] bring[s] the skill of a seasoned scholar to produce a readable, credible work, usefully illustrated with maps and pictures.”

Simply Charly, 12/13/15
[A] sweeping study This is a portrait of a single man's rise to greatness and of an obscure tribe's transformation from an isolated nomadic existence to a world power This is the portrait of a complex man driven to greatness by the strength of his abilities and an unshakable will.”

Providence Journal, 2015's Best in Nonfiction,” 12/27/15
This comprehensive biography by British historian McLynn tells us all about the Mongol's brilliant strategy and the bloody battles, but you may find the anthropological details even more fascinating.”

InfoDad blog, 8/6/15
Such a man requires the most substantial possible biography, and McLynn gives him one that resoundingly demonstrates how intricately fascinating history can be Sumptuous, erudite and stylish, careful to rely on often-contradictory primary sources when any such exist from so remote an era, McLynn's Genghis Khan is a sweeping 650-page trek through times and peoples whose very names sound like the stuff of legend A book that makes history come alive.”

Literary Review, August 2015
[An] impressive new biography [A] deeply researched and finely honed portrait A biography of extraordinary synthesis and historical vision.”

South China Morning Post, 9/19/15
McLynn takes an epic story and distills it into a book that will fill readers with awe.”

Internet Review of Books, 8/18/15
This complicated book is Frank McLynn's twenty-fourth history, and includes an extensive bibliography, and voluminous notes If you sink your teeth into it, you won't be disappointed.”

Military Heritage, November 2015
This new biography covers the life of this infamous and important man who would today be seen as a genocidal maniac. Time has softened the results of his actions, but the author brings the man vividly to life.”

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