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4.0 out of 5 stars
Good introduction to Mongol warfare, but too short, 6 Oct. 2012
This book is a good introduction to the subject of Mongol warfare, but due to its brevity it falls short of being a definitve text on the subject. While it contains heaps of very interesting information about Mongol tactics, military organisation, training, equipment, logisitics and command structure it fails to properly illustrate them with examples from the actual campaigns. The author himself says that "only through the thorough examination of their military actions can one truly appreciate the Mongol art of war". Yet all we get is a short overview of the Mongols' principal enemies and the specific challenges they presented and very brief and superficial accounts of two battles (Chakirma'ut and Khalka River) and two sieges (Baghdad and Caizhou). I think the book would have greatly benefitted from another hundred pages so more campaigns and pitched battles could be analysed in depth. It could also use more maps and pictures/drawings of Mongol military equipment and siege engines. I enjoyed reading it, but I expected a little more.