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4.0 out of 5 stars `Genghis Khan is one of history's immortals.', 19 Nov 2010
This review is from: Genghis Khan (Paperback)
By the time of his death in 1227, Genghis Khan ruled an empire that stretched from the Caspian Sea to the Pacific Ocean. His empire was larger than either that of Rome, or Alexander the Great. To many Muslims, Russians, and Europeans, Genghis Khan is remembered as a murderer of millions. He is honoured in China as the founder of the Yuan dynasty, and in Mongolia he is revered as the father of the nation.

In this book John Man presents an overview of the history, and the mystery, surrounding Genghis Khan. This is accompanied by a personal travelogue from John Man's travel to Mongolia to find and visit Genghis-related sites. Searching for physical signs of Genghis Khan in Mongolia proved challenging, but provides an interesting view into life in this remote country.

I have mixed views about this book. John Man's enthusiasm for his subject is clear, and the book is easy to read but I wanted to read more about Genghis Khan's life, times and influences and less about John Man's travels and theories. The contemporary detail did add to the overall portrait of Genghis Khan by giving some sense of how he is viewed in Mongolia, and this will be important to some readers.

I wonder what sense Genghis Khan himself would make of his legacy: both fact and legend?

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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