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John Man has succeeded in drawing a very detailed picture of the life and times of a man who, despite his huge importance, has remained a somewhat mysterious historical figure. Clearly a labour of love, the book is dotted with anecdotes of the author's travels in Mongolia and with asides on some of the linguistic peculiarities and associated difficulties in interpreting the source material. By engaging with the reader on this level, John Man lifts his book above being merely a factual account of Mongolian (and indeed far eastern) history, making it a genuinely entertaining read aswell.
That doesn't mean that the story is lacking in detail, quite the opposite. John Man has clearly… Read more