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Attila The Hun: A Barbarian King and the Fall of Rome by [Man, John]
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"'One could not wish for a better storyteller or analyst than John Man... His Attila is superb, as compellingly readable as it is impressive in its scholarship: with his light touch, the Huns and their king live as never before... There is something fascinating and new on every page'" (Simon Sebag Montefiore)

"'Man does for the reader that most difficult of tasks: he conjures up an ancient people in an alien landscape in such a way as to make them live . . . a gripping present day quest'" (Guardian)

"'Attila is known as a savage but there was much more to this great warrior. Man takes his readers on a thrilling ride alongside the man who marauded across Europe, striking terror into the hearts of entire nations'" (The Good Book Guide)

"'Racy and imaginative...sympathetically and readably puts flesh and bones on one of history's most turbulent characters'" (Sunday Telegraph)

"'Man's excellent writing breathes new life into a character whose spirit lives on in China and Mongolia today'" (Historical Novels Review)

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The first popular biography of the great warlord, Attila the Hun.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1563 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital; New Ed edition (31 Oct. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0045U9PC0
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #206,228 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I was in two minds whether to buy this book, having read Paul Cassidy's review, which pretty much summed up how I felt after reading the author's Ghenghis Khan. I did buy it, however, and am glad I did. Apart from an overlong account of the resurrection of mounted archery, John Mann successfully paints a picture of Atilla, the Huns, the decaying Roman empire and an age that has left little by way of contemporary written history. He does this in a readable narrative style, clearly points out where the facts are thin and speculation needed, and debunks many of the myths that grew over the centuries following Atilla's death and are accepted by many today as fact. I enjoyed reading it.
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By J. Chippindale TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 13 Oct. 2006
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Is it me, or are modern days authors making historical books that much more readable. Most of the historical books I have read recently are far removed from the dusty old volumes that lay mouldering in the bookcase or on the shelves of the library. Mainly, I believe because the contents inside the book are as dry and dusty as the outside and of little value to anyone other than a scholar.

This book is written with a light touch, making it refreshingly readable without straying from the facts. If more books were written in this way, history would become a rare treat, rather than something that is there mainly for the academic.

Although most schoolboys know the name Attila, a man who was known for his barbarism, and some may even be able to tell you that he was instrumental in holding the fate of the Roman Empire in his hands. Very little else is known about the man himself and the warriors he led.

In the early 5th century AD Attila and his warriors earned an undying reputation for savagery, the like of which had never been seen. His empire briefly rivalled that of Rome, reaching from the Rhine to the Black Sea, the Baltic to the Balkans.
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I personally enjoyed the book. It is very readable, not dry or boring. Sure he doesn't only write about Attila, he also writes about Horsemanship and archery -what made the Huns terrible- about his camp -no they were not completly nomads- but also of the historians he met and the places he visited in Hungary...sure this is not directly information on our hero, but it doesn't do the book any harm neither ! I liked the book alot, especcially since mr. man keeps himself to the facts, there are barely any personal opinions included !!!!
Although there is not much info on Attila available, this books wants you to know MORE...
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The famous barbarian king Attila the Hun was once one of the Roman Empire’s greatest enemies whose raids, demands for tribute and military campaigns contributed the fall of the Western Empire. This book attempts to take a closer look at the leader known as The Scourge of God, his people and his legacy.

Although this supposedly about Attila himself, this book actually takes a wider look at the Hun people from their unknown roots and their possible connection to the ancient Mongolian civilisation of Xiongnu through their rise to dominance in Eastern Europe to their fall after Attila’s death. This wider look at Attila’s people and the fall of the Western Roman Empire is very interesting to me as most of my previous reading on Ancient Rome has been about its beginning rather than tis end. As such this book has given me a nice introduction into this period of history I has inspired me to read further on the subject in the future.

The book is written well in John Man’s usual, somewhat informal, style that is very easy and compulsive to read. As usual the author visits a number of places that he talks about in his books and I always enjoy reading these sections. One of my favourite parts of the book was the slight detour taken to talk about Lajos Kassai, a modern Hungarian whose life’s work involves recreating the Hun’s style of horseback archery.

Like the other works by John Man that I have read, this book includes a number of colour pages of artwork and pictures, as well as the usual Bibliography.

While still enjoyable, this was probably one of the weaker of John Man’s books. Part of the reason for this could be the lack of reliable and unbiased sources which means that some of the information in the book could be open for debate of other interpretations. Overall though I would say that this book was well worth reading and is still worth a good four stars.
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An excellent book that reads more like and adventure story than actual fact. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the history of this adventurer who earned his place in the history of civilisation and war.
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Well researched and an entertaining read, but I did not like it as much as John Man's Xanadu - Marco Polo and Europe's Discovery of the East. Of special interest for those who would like to know about the Huns and the way they waged war as skilled archers on horseback.
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I am astonished at some of the other reviews that seem, unjustly, to slate John Man's writing. What he has done is take a historical figure of incredible experience, drawn on the historical sources and his own experiences which cannot be over looked, and come up with a very detailed and most excellent account of an overlooked but MAJOR historical figure. A great account of a great man and a great read by a great historian.
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