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An interesting,although historically dubious read
on 22 February 2014
An interesting book,but then that is hardly surprising considering the subject matter. One would think that it is impossible to write a dull account of the life and times of one of the most remarkable men ever to have lived.
I wouldn't rely too heavily on the facts related in this book to provide you with a faithful account of the events of the period- this book was written some time ago and historians have undertaken much research into different aspects of the conquest of central Asia that are not covered in this book, so I would advise anyone wanting to further their knowledge of what is undoubtedly a fascinating period of history to read some of the more modern scholarship on the subject. A good primer to start with is John Mann's work on the Mongols.
Still, a handy introduction to the subject, and an illuminating example of the very different style of 19th century historiography compared to that of today.