Genghis Khan

  • by Harold Lamb
  • Narrated by Charlton Griffin
  • 7 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the early 13th century, a simple nomad chieftain managed to cobble together a powerful kingdom in the highlands of northern Asia, which was subsequently to challenge the greatest powers of the day. He was triumphant in all directions. This leader was Timujin, whose name meant "Iron Man". He became Genghis Khan, "Universal Ruler", the greatest conqueror ever known - a warrior feared from the British Isles to the tip of the Korean peninsula. Known by many names, including "The Scourge of God", Genghis Khan sent his Mongol armies ranging over most of the Eurasian land mass. He first sent his hordes of cavalry crashing into China, then turned on the ancient Persian Shah before smashing the Muslim Caliphate. He left smoldering ruins and depopulated nations in his tracks. Instead of measuring his progress in miles, we measure it today by degrees of latitude and longitude. The tough, barbaric Mongolians were welded into the finest, most highly disciplined force of mobile fighting men assembled up to that period. Mongol leadership, unlike those of other armies, was based strictly on merit. Incompetence was not tolerated among the Khan's generals. The lightning quick movements and encircling tactics of Mongol horsemen baffled their opponents time after time. In fact, under Genghis Khan, they were never defeated. At the Great Khan's death in 1227, there were hardly any worthy opponents left to fight anywhere in the world.

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Fabulous!

This is a fabulous biography. The author beautifully evokes life among the nomads of the Gobi in the 12th and 13th centuries. I felt I had truly come to know this contradictory and elusory person and came to have even greater respect for the sweep and magnificence of his achievements.

I think the book would fire the imagination of any teenage boy with its tales of derring-do and violent heroic clashes, particularly since the Khan was only 13 when he became the ruler of his clan. As for me, I listened as long as I could each time, and was sad when the saga finished.

The reader immediately summons up the glory of days gone by, and even though I though he was a bit too much at the beginning, I quickly came to appreciate that he was telling a tale set in heroic times, and his voice gave a depth to the book that simply reading it might have lacked. Also, I admire his tireless pronounciation of all of the names of the heros and the tribes.
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- Curatina

a little weighty, but still worth it

I had trouble finishing this one, but I did. I had purchased this book with no research, so I didn't notice its age. It was only after I got into it, when I realized how weighty the text was, that I went back and researched it to discover when Harold Lamb wrote it--1927. In that perspective, the style makes sense, but anyone like me, used to modern "entertain with science" writing might find it thick.

Still, I'm glad I bought it, as I know have a much better knowledge of an exciting time.
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- Dan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-19-2007
  • Publisher: Audio Connoisseur