Genghis Khan: His Conquests, His Empire, His Legacy

Genghis Khan His Conquests His Empire His Legacy Mongol leader Genghis Khan was by far the greatest conqueror the world has ever known His empire stretched from the Pacific Ocean to central Europe including all of China the Middle East and Russia

  • Title: Genghis Khan: His Conquests, His Empire, His Legacy
  • Author: Frank McLynn
  • ISBN: 9780306823954
  • Page: 182
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Mongol leader Genghis Khan was by far the greatest conqueror the world has ever known His empire stretched from the Pacific Ocean to central Europe, including all of China, the Middle East, and Russia 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 someMongol leader Genghis Khan was by far the greatest conqueror the world has ever known His empire stretched from the Pacific Ocean to central Europe, including all of China, the Middle East, and Russia 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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    1. Genghis Khan: His Conquests, His Empire, His Legacy by Frank McLynn is a detailed history of Asia's most famous ruler. McLynn is a British author, biographer, historian and journalist. He is noted for critically acclaimed biographies of Napoleon Bonaparte, Robert Louis Stevenson, Carl Jung, Richard Francis Burton and Henry Morton Stanley. He was Alistair Horne Research Fellow at St Antony's College, Oxford (1987–88) and was visiting professor in the Department of Literature at the University o [...]

    2. 3.5 starsThey come as though the sky were falling, and they disappear like a flash of lightning. I got way more than I bargained for, but I enjoyed it.There’s quite a bit about the khan, but this book really focuses on the whole picture of the khan’s armies, their campaigns and the countries they conquered. All good information in small doses, but the campaigns are overly detailed: providing army numbers for each battle, and digressing into long-winded explanations of the conquered countries [...]

    3. I have two main reasons for my harsh allotment of one star – a rating to be read as a ‘cannot recommend’ from me; not exactly ‘I hated it’, although I did become emotional on going through 8-10 newspaper reviews: these were written by book critics, not experts or fans of Mongol history, and they had nothing to judge by except their general impressions of the Mongols, impressions which the book, more or less, confirmed. Only one I saw, in the Asian Review of Books, asked a few of the ri [...]

    4. Here's the thing: if you title this thing "Genghis Khan: The Man Who Conquered The World", you're setting up expectations in the reader that this book will be about the person. I get that ancient history and the people within it are hard to write about, for a variety of reasons, but just call it "Genghis Khan and the Mongols" if you can't craft a personal narrative out of the sources. As it stands, this book is a serviceable (if tedious) military history of the Mongols' movements throughout Asia [...]

    5. very readable flowing like a novel; while presenting the general (and generally well known facts) story and continuing a few decades beyond the death of Gengis with an outline of what happened with the Mongol Empire until its split in 4 essentially different states, the book is very clear and articulate without going into hyperbole or judgement; brutal and benefiting of temporary military superiority as well as of squabbling enemies in the west and a divided and weaker than usual Chinese colossu [...]

    6. I received a pre-release e-copy of this book through NetGalley (publication date July 14, 2015) with the expectation that I will post a review on their site and others (my blog, , Facebook, Google +, LinkedIn, Twitter, , etc.).I requested this book because I am interested in Genghis Khan and I haven't read a biography on him in 50 years (junior high) which was mostly about the legend. This is the first book by Frank McLynn that I have read.The book is well researched and very informative, but th [...]

    7. Another giant book, since McLynn rounds out what can be pieced together from the Secret History and outside accounts of the Mongols with fuller discussions of Mongol life--much of it reinforced by *anthropological* studies of still-nomadic Mongol herdspeople. The ecology of Mongol steppe maintenance and wildlife control, logistical abilities, family dynamics and economic arrangements, as he argues, turn out to be significant in understanding why the Mongols were able to shift so quickly--and so [...]

    8. The only drawback of this book is a lack of enough maps.There are maps at the beginning, but this book goes into so much useful detail that it would have been better to have more maps. However, this could have increased the size of the book.The author describes the background of the Mongol Empire incredibly well and his appendix on the Khwarezim and Qara-Khitai empires are worthy of books by themselves.Reading this book is not for the light-hearted, but it is also not a dry scholarly tome. While [...]

    9. This biography of Genghis Khan describes both Khan's military campaigns and Mongol life at the time of his rise and during the time he ruled most of the known world. The author, Frank McLynn, describes the unlikely and self made rise and contrasts it with Alexander the Great inheriting his father's army and empire, Cesar expanding an already existing empire as opposed to creating it, Napoleon building upon on an existing French state and French revolution fervor--while Khan started as just one m [...]

    10. Genghis Khan: The Man Who Conquered the World is historian Frank McLynn's mid-size biography covering the entire life of Genghis Khan and concluding with the conquest of Hungary and a very brief overview of the Mongol Empire until Mongke's death. Put together using an incredible amount of sources, the book is extremely informative but is often too detailed to be an enjoyable 'popular history' read.I both liked and disliked the detail. I liked it in the sense that there was so much in here that I [...]

    11. I’ve always had a soft spot for Genghis. He always seemed like a man who did not understand the word no, who simply did not know how to give up, who would take what he wanted, preferably when he wanted, but if not, he would come back later and take it. Apart from the basic knowledge, one of my earliest experiences of Genghis was in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, not a classic historical study, but a film that did make me think about figures of the past that I would love to meet if I had [...]

    12. The author seems very concerned about making his book palatable to academic historians who might turn up their noses at a mere biography, so this sprawls in all directions: the anthropology of Mongolian culture, the military campaigns of subordinates who are halfway across Eurasia, the court intrigues of states confronted with the Mongol onslaught, and so on. I'm more than okay with that in principle, but in execution this was rough going. Figures in the Mongolian hierarchy were introduced with [...]

    13. A full recounting of the time- less than a hundred years in the 13th century- when Genghis Khan and his son Ogodei conquered much of Asia and Europe. The secrets of their military success were; speed of attack, superior intelligence of the opposition and an ability to improvise. They loved the use of the feigned retreat. They taught themselves siegecraft in order to attack walled cities and had rudimentary explosives when no one else did. McLynn believes the Mongols produced three generals who a [...]

    14. Informative, but it can be a slog. Campaign after campaign after campaign gets wearying for the reader (at least for this reader). Early on isn't so bad as he intersperses chapters on military campaigns with other ones - a chapter on the Mongol legal code, a chapter on the personality of Genghis and his kids, etc. But then it's just campaign after campaign.The book could use more maps. There are some in the front, but they are rather broad/basic. Given the level of detail given on the campaigns [...]

    15. The author gives you a detailed view of the harsh Mongol terrain and their culture. Their heavy dependence on erratic weather conditions and difficult life as nomads. The author also talks about significant actions and happenings in the surrounding kingdoms and the political situation which helps paint a complete picture of the Mongolian world in the early 13th century. ~ bookreviewsfoversant/ge

    16. Genghis Khan was the greatest conqueror the world has ever known. He consolidated the disparate clans and tribes of Mongolia. He conquered the Jin (northern China) and Kwarezmian (Persia) empires. “The Mongol empire covered twelve million contiguous square miles—an area as large as Africa and bigger than North America; by contrast the extent of the Roman empire was about half that of the continental U.S.A. . . . The modern population of the countries ruled by the empire at its greatest exten [...]

    17. An interesting subject made a bit dry by plodding writing. That with the authors tendency to regurgitate huge amounts of names be it tribes or people and then only reference them on one or more occasions made the book a bid of a bore. There were also a few factual assertions that were just plain wrong, though to be honest I didn't even denote them because I was pretty bored at that point. As someone who loves this particular time period and subject matter I cant recommend this book to any but th [...]

    18. At times reading this history of Mongol Empire (as it really covers a generation past Genghis), it could seem like an endless parade of battles, slaughter and massacres. Admittedly, that's what the Mongols did. However, the author is careful to weave in the culture, political intrigue and personality of the key characters in this history. It's a weighty book and the names can be tough at times for someone not familiar with Far Eastern History (however, there's a nice "cast of characters" summary [...]

    19. This is a giant book, it focuses on the whole picture of the Khan's armies, their campaigns and the countries they conquered.I wish the author have condensed some of the information. The book is overly detailed. The book provides army numbers for each battle and went into long-winded explanations of the conquered countries. But Of course, to fully understand why the Mongols were that successful, Still, the book could have been shorter if not for the over details.

    20. Rather than say I finished this book I'm having to say I'm finished with this book. It is, so far, the only book I've ever not finished, and that's saying something considering I read Madam Bovery for a book club meeting.This is not an entry level book for those who are interested in the life of Genghis Khan. For those who are more familiar with him and the Mongol works then this book could be for you.I really did try to read this book and managed 276 pages, but I've been defeated!

    21. You have to really enjoy history to make it through this one. Although it's a very interesting subject, the Mongols fought many wars and McLynn goes into each one in excruciating detail. Genghis Khan was an amazing ruler and the Mongols were the ultimate warriors so if you're into military history you'll love the book.

    22. McClynn, must try hard to make a topic this interesting this boring. Factual assertions are false, for instance McClynn states the Mongols were the first people to win major battles through the use of Archery, What do we call the Parthians defeat of Crassus? Go Listen to Dan Carlie's podcast on the topic, you'll get more out of it.

    23. A depressingly interminable litany of one barbaric marauding act of rape, pillage, plunder and despoiling after another with the author’s rather English understatement of “terrific” loss of life used to excess. Far from admirable Genghis Kahn deserves to be remembered only as a warning that great culture and achievement provides no protection from barbarism.

    24. Didn't get past the first 1/3 of the book. I expected an historical account of Khan and instead it was just illogical rambling. Debates over the definition of plateaus etc left me hating this book. Sorry for the scathing review but I wanted so much more.

    25. Cuts through the myths and lays it all out in an intelligent way. Could perhaps have dumbed down the language for the masses at times, it is supposed to be a popular history after all. Not that it bothered me, but I do suggest having a dictionary on hand.

    26. Pretty interesting though some small gramatical errors subtract, and the maps included could have been much better.

    27. Well written, but I think the author may have added an educated guess or two to the facts. Some of the things described could not possibly be known, as the Mongol history is not well documented.

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