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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good for the intended audience, 15 Mar 2001
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This review is from: The Mongol Warlords: Genghis Khan, Kublai Khan, Hulegu, Tamerlane (Hardcover)
The book, like others in the 'Warlords' series is a compilation of short biographies. This volume covers four of the best known Mongol leaders (Ghengis, Kubilai, Hulagu and Tamerlane). Each section is faily complete, well written, readable and well illustrated (a good balance of relevant illustrations and none of the inaccurate, romance, lithographs that haunt so many 'popular' history books. If you are new to Mongol history this is a good place to start. If not, it's still fairly useful for the illustrations.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly informative and readable book, 9 Jan 2003
This review is from: The Mongol Warlords: Genghis Khan, Kublai Khan, Hulegu, Tamerlane (Hardcover)
This book covers the 4 main Mongol leaders very comprehensively. The battle details are very informative and the illustrations are a good supplement to the text. Each warlord gets an equal amount of time and the writer gives an unbiased reflection of each leader. Perhaps the archaeological related pictures could have been a bit bigger and coloured to improve an already good book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good starting point and good companion book , 11 Mar 2013
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This review is from: The Mongol Warlords: Genghis Khan, Kublai Khan, Hulegu, Tamerlane (Hardcover)
Despite its relative age - it was first published in 1990 - this is a good starting point and a rather excellent introduction to the Mongols. The book is divided into four biographies, those of Genghis Khan, of his grandsons Kubilai Khan, who conquered China, and Hulegu, who conquered Iran, put an end to the Abbasid caliphate and sacked and destroyed Bagdad, and Tamerlane.

Each of the chapters has roughly the same size (40 to 45 pages) and can be read separately. Each also starts with the warlords main claim to fame, before telling the story of his life and wars and finishing with an assessment of their achievements and their respective legacies. Finally, each section also includes a genealogical table, listing the warlord's descendants and successors in particular. Also included in each chapter are sections of the respective armies, their arms and equipment, and the main battles that they fought under each of the warlords.

Note also than fans of Conn Inggulden's series on Genghis and Kubilai Khan (and which also include Hulegu) will also benefit from reading this book and using it to provide background information. One limitation, however, is that, given the book's relative age, the bibliography is not up to date.

Finally, there are the rather superb plates by Richard Hook, four for each chapter, and a no less superb collection of photos, maps and illustrations.

Still worth four stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Whats with the price?????, 24 Feb 2012
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This review is from: The Mongol Warlords: Genghis Khan, Kublai Khan, Hulegu, Tamerlane (Hardcover)
I have been doing a fair bit of reading on Mongol history of late, and thought this book would be a good addition. Although I have not completed it yet, so far it seems to be a good book. It seems to have a good rounded account of Genghis Kahns Life, along with the Secret History. It also includes numerous illustrations of various tools, weapons and Gers of Mongol Life.
On thing that does baffle me though is the Price. I saw this book being sold for in excess of 50 on Amazon by some sellers!! Personally I bought this for a fraction of that cost and wonder how people can ask for such a price when the book has 17.99 printed on the inside cover! If people are buying this book at those prices, I might just sell mine.
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