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John Man is a historian and travel writer with a special interest in Mongolia. His book Gobi: Tracking the Desert was the first book on the subject in English since the 1920s. He is also the author of Atlas of the Year 1000, Alpha Beta, The Gutenberg Revolution, Attila, The Terracotta Army, and The Great Wall, among others.

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Chaucer lauded Genghis Khan in his Canterbury Tales, while others have compared him to Satan (sometimes to Satan's advantage). In this lively volume, historian and travel writer Man presents parallel yet conflicting views of the imperialist and Mongolian national hero. The Great Khan unified the nomadic Mongols, destroyed obstructive empires, built the largest land empire in history, opened trade from Japan to Europe, and in general made way for the modern world. His tactics included murderous but focused terror, multicultural statesmanship, and sheer energy (DNA studies estimate that his genes are in eight percent of the men of Eurasia, overshadowing George Washington's claim to be "father of his country"). Jack Weatherford's Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World is a dramatic but more substantial historical account of Mongol imperialism and its global impact. Both books are solid and readable, and both rely on Paul Ratchnevsky's definitive and scholarly monograph Genghis Khan: His Life and Legacy. Recommended for larger collections.-Charles W. Hayford, Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

"Absorbing and beautifully written . . . A thrilling account." --The Guardian (U.K.)"Man has scholarly gifts as well as an acute intelligence and a winning way with words. This is a fine introduction to the subject, as well as a rattling good read." --The Independent (U.K.)"Every bit as gripping as its subject deserves. History doesn't get much more enthralling than this." --York Evening Post (U.K.)"Chaucer lauded Genghis Khan in his Canterbury Tales, while others have compared him to Satan (sometimes to Satan's advantage). In this lively volume, historian and travel writer Man presents parallel yet conflicting views of the imperialist and Mongolian national hero. The Great Khan unified the nomadic Mongols, destroyed obstructive empires, built the largest land empire in history, opened trade from Japan to Europe, and in general made way for the modern world. His tactics included murderous but focused terror, multicultural statesmanship, and sheer energy (DNA studies estimate that his genes are in eight percent of the men of Eurasia)." --Library Journal

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