Genghis Khan: Life, Death, and Resurrection [NOOK Book]

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Genghis Khan is one of history's immortals, alive in memory as a scourge, hero, military genius and demi-god. To Muslims, Russians and westerners, he is a murderer of millions, a brutal oppressor. Yet in his homeland of Mongolia he is the revered father of the nation, and the Chinese honor him as the founder of a dynasty. In his so-called Mausoleum in Inner Mongolia, worshippers seek the blessing of his spirit. In a supreme paradox, the ...
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Genghis Khan is one of history's immortals, alive in memory as a scourge, hero, military genius and demi-god. To Muslims, Russians and westerners, he is a murderer of millions, a brutal oppressor. Yet in his homeland of Mongolia he is the revered father of the nation, and the Chinese honor him as the founder of a dynasty. In his so-called Mausoleum in Inner Mongolia, worshippers seek the blessing of his spirit. In a supreme paradox, the world's most ruthless conqueror has become a force for peace and reconciliation.

As a teenager, Genghis was a fugitive, hiding from enemies on a remote mountainside. Yet he went on to found the world's greatest land empire and change the course of world history. Brilliant and original as well as ruthless, he ruled an empire twice the size of Rome's until his death in 1227 placed all at risk. To secure his conquests and then extend them, his heirs kept his death a secret, and secrecy has surrounded him ever since. His undiscovered grave, with its imagined treasures, remains the subject of intrigue and speculation.

This is more than just a gripping account of Genghis' rise and conquests. John Man uses first-hand experiences in China and Mongolia to reveal the khan's enduring influence. He has traveled the length of the empire. He spotlights the tension between Mongols and Chinese, who both claim Genghis' spirit. He is the first writer to explore the hidden valley where Genghis is believed to have died, and one of the few westerners to climb the mountain where he was likely buried.

This stunning narrative paints a vivid picture of the man himself, the places where he lived and fought, and the passions that surround him still. For in legend, ritual and intense controversy, Genghis lives on.

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"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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466861565
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 12/31/2013
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 178,513
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author



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 BetaThe Gutenberg Revolution, Attila, The Terracotta Army, and The Great Wall, among others.

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  • Posted August 17, 2009

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    A history of the great conqueror and his times and the search for his grave and relics

    John Man's Genghis Khan is a recent history of Genghis Khan, perhaps the greatest conqueror the world has ever known. It is the life story of a poor, orphaned, Mongol boy who over a period of some 40 years during the 13th century unified the many quarreling Tartar tribes of Mongolia and converted them into the most powerful military machine in history until the advent of gun powder. His Mongol armies featuring great mobility and the fire power of the compound bow swept across China, the Middle East, to Poland and Hungary in the west. Often out numbered his forces struck with devastating force defeating all opponents. Only his death and that of his successor prevented the possible Mongol conquest of Western Europe which would have had no unity or power to halt them at the time. His conquests entailed perhaps the greatest slaughter of people until the advent of the holocaust and World War II. A good portion of the author's book describes his travels in modern Mongolia in search of the legacies of the great khan who briefly ruled from Beijing to Budapest.

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  • Posted June 13, 2009

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    Overall the book was good, just not exactly what I had in mind

    Overall the book was good and a quick read.

    This book spent a lot of chapters discussing Genghis Khan's impact on modern day Mongolia and China and his status as a religious figure in the former. All of which was new to me and interesting, but that was not exactly what I was looking for when I bought the book. I was much more interested in learning about Genghis the conquerer, which ended up being the shortest parts of the book.

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