The first popular biography of the great warlord, Attila the Hun.
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. His Gobi- Tracking the Desert (Weidenfeld, 1997) was the first book on the subject in English since the 1920s. He is also the author of The Atlas of the Year 1000, (Penguin 1999), Alpha Beta (Headline, 2000) on the roots of the Roman alphabet, The Gutenberg Revolution (Headline 2002) on the origins and impact of printing, and the bestselling Genghis Khan. His latest book, Kublai Khan, is now available from Bantam Press.
'One could not wish for a better storyteller or analyst than John
Man... His Attila is superb, as compellingly readable as it
is impressive in its scholarship: with his light touch, the Huns
and their king live as never before... There is something
fascinating and new on every page' -- Simon Sebag Montefiore
'Man does for the reader that most difficult of tasks: he conjures up an ancient people in an alien landscape in such a way as to make them live . . . a gripping present day quest' * Guardian *
'Attila is known as a savage but there was much more to this great warrior. Man takes his readers on a thrilling ride alongside the man who marauded across Europe, striking terror into the hearts of entire nations' -- The Good Book Guide
'Racy and imaginative...sympathetically and readably puts flesh and bones on one of history's most turbulent characters' -- Sunday Telegraph
'Man's excellent writing breathes new life into a character whose spirit lives on in China and Mongolia today' -- Historical Novels Review