Gr 6-10-According to some accounts, at the height of his reign Genghis Khan had 500 wives; 10,000 bodyguards; and a huge bureaucracy of scribes, tax collectors, ambassadors, and administrators. His influence and power affected all aspects of this society as Taylor makes clear. The author's lively, well-researched narrative details the structure of the culture, Khan's reforms, "The Mongol War Machine," family life, spiritual beliefs, and recreational activities. At intervals throughout the text, Taylor includes sidebars on such human-interest topics as women wrestlers and the Mongols's lack of hygiene and legendary cruelty. Average-quality, black-and-white photos of artifacts and sites and reproductions illustrate the text. This volume would make a fine companion to Judy Humphrey's Genghis Khan (Chelsea, 1987) and will be a useful addition for units on ancient civilizations.-Elizabeth Stumpf, Clearfield Middle School, PA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.