He was one of history's greatest conquerors, and in his day, his very name caused terror. His forces burned great cities to the ground, and killed on a scale that can only be called "genocide." But there was also another side to Genghis Khan, one that most people have never considered. He modernized the laws and customs of his people and unified much of Eurasia, spreading the trade and cultural influence of the Silk Road. For these accomplishments - and not for his atrocities - he is still celebrated as the greatest hero of the Mongolian people.
In this essential new biography, Alexander Kennedy examines Genghis Khan in all his facets: conqueror and diplomat, warlord and lawgiver, father and son, butcher and hero. We can see the rise of Temüjin, from the kidnapped son of a clan chief to the ruler of a united Mongol horde, the "Genghis Khan." But we also see the human cost of his quest - the fallen cities of Bukhara and Samarkand, the devastation of northern China, and the shaky empire he left behind. Through piercing analysis, we can gradually separate fact from fiction until we at last glimpse the real Genghis Khan in all his terrible glory.
"Be of one mind and one faith, that you may conquer your enemies and lead long and happy lives." - Genghis Khan
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