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So how did an illiterate nomad rise to such colossal power and subdue most of the known world, eclipsing Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, and Napoleon? Credited by some with paving the way for the Renaissance, condemned by others for being the most heinous murderer in history, who was Genghis Khan?
His actual name was Temujin, and the story of his success is that of the Mongol people: a loose collection of fractious tribes who tended livestock, considered bathing taboo, and possessed an unparalleled genius for horseback warfare. United under Genghis, a strategist of astonishing cunning and versatility, they could dominate any sedentary society they chose.
Combining fast-paced accounts of battles with rich cultural background and the latest scholarship, Frank McLynn brings vividly to life the strange world of the Mongols, describes Temujin's rise from boyhood outcast to becoming Genghis Khan, and provides the most accurate and absorbing account yet of one of the most powerful men ever to have lived.
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By Sean V. Werner on 08-10-16
Well Researched but Poorly Written
I was amazed by the extent of this author's grasp of the subject, and it is a fascinating story of one of the most notable and influential persons in history. However, the book was poorly organized and very difficult to follow. The author's decision to organize the various Mongol conquests by place and subject matter rather than chronology was not a prudent choice given the volume of information foisted on the reader.
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By Alfred on 02-12-16
A Bit Dry
The coverage was very thorough.
I found it a bit dry and academic.
It's the second most entertaining audiobook on the topic.
I liked Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford a little more.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful