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Informative and easy to read,
This review is from: Kublai Khan (Paperback)
Following on from his best selling book on Genghis Khan, John Man now turns his hand towards the man who consolidated the Mongol Empire and was one of the most powerful people on Earth, Genghis' grandson Kublai Khan. Kublai completed the conquest of China and ruled the largest land empire the world has ever seen. The book follows the life of Kublai from his birth soon after Beijing fell to Genghis, through his rise to power, his reign, his victories, defeats and finally the influence that his life had on the history of China
This book is written in a similar manner to John Man's previous book on Genghis Khan, with a relaxed and sometimes meandering style that makes the book both easy and enjoyable to read. The book seems very well researched with Man often attempting to give as many sides to the story of Kublai's life as he can from a variety of sources. This is definitely a must read for anyone interested in Mongol or Chinese history but it is also good enough to interest any student of history.