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The first popular biography of the legendary Mongol emperor and warlord.
John Man is a historian and traveller with special interests in Mongolia and the history of written communication. His GOBI- TRACKING THE DESERT was the first book on the subject since the 1920s. He is also the author of THE ATLAS OF THE YEAR 1000, a portrait of the world at the turn of the millennium, ALPHA BETA, on the roots of the alphabet, and THE GUTENBERG REVOLUTION, an examination of the origins and impact of printing. His most recent book is GENGHIS KHAN. He lives in London.
"Absorbing and beautifully written...he [Man] conjures up an ancient people in an alien landscape in such a way as to make them live...a thrilling account" * GUARDIAN * "First-rate...lively and argued with elan...a fine introduction to the subject, as well as a rattling good read" * INDEPENDENT * "A fine, well-written and well-researched book" * MAIL ON SUNDAY * "An eloquent account, not only of a fascinating historical figure and his people, but of the resonance of history itself" * WBQ magazine * "Enthralling and colourful" * INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY *