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This detailed biography follows Genghis Khan from childhood to death and then continues with an outline of the Mongol Empire until its decline. The text is well researched and includes many quotes from original sources, which are cited in endnotes. The glossary and index are well constructed, and the two-page map is helpful. The immense detail given about the man's military techniques and the different tribes and generals he conquered is impressive. This same detail, however, could be overwhelming to readers not familiar with any of these names. Additionally, the book has no discussion about how this man might have been perceived as violent and cruel. Instead, it is written from the perspective of how great he was as a ruler and leader. The text is broken down into sections within each chapter for easy reading, but there are very few illustrations. This biography will be useful for reports because of the amount of information but it's unlikely to hold the attention of children reading for pleasure since the writing is a bit awkward and the material suffers from poor organization at times.
—Clare A. DombrowskiCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.