John Man Author of the book The Mongol Empire is known expert when it comes to subject of Chinese and Mongolian History He took his passion to next stage by pursuing post graduate diploma on Mongolian History John Man has received Mongolia s friendship Medal for his contribution to UK Mongolian relations The seventy three old Author had done notable work on Genghis Khan and his Grandson Kublai Khan in past He has written lots of standalone books, but never did attempt to merge all of Mongol History under one book This book attempts to do so.The knowledge and Experience of Author can t be questioned and challenging authenticity of facts goes beyond the scope of Review What comes under the scope of the review would be to figure out to whom the contents of the book could Appeal and whether book have any target audience.My first observation suggests buying the book only after taking a self assessment on Mongolian history how much you know and how much you don t know If you are completely new to the name of Genghis Khan or feel complete novice to the idea, then drop the idea of reading this book, unless you find no other book to start with.Please read the complete review atCritichawk This is a detailed version of John Man s Genghis Khan I still find the subject of the Mongols in history fascinating despite the peculiar look I got from my English B30 teacher While it is true that the Mongols did kill a huge amount of people in their conquering, however, they were no ruthless than any other invading force One could argue numbers as a case in point, but I look at it from a humanist perspective, whether it s five, five hundred or five thousand these were still lives I would also say that people should always be interested in history and to try to understand the why and how events happened in our history For history belongs not to one set of people, but to everyone Fortunately John Man keeps the reader s interest throughout the entire book and presented information that was not in his previous book. Genghis Khan Is One Of History S Immortals A Leader Of Genius, Driven By An Inspiring Vision For Peaceful World Rule Believing He Was Divinely Protected, Genghis United Warring Clans To Create A Nation And Then An Empire That Ran Across Much Of AsiaUnder His Grandson, Kublai Khan, The Vision Evolved Into A Complex Religious Ideology, Justifying Further Expansion Kublai Doubled The Empire S Size Until, In The Late Th Century, He And The Rest Of Genghis S Golden Family Controlled One Fifth Of The Inhabited World Along The Way, He Conquered All China, Gave The Nation The Borders It Has Today, And Then, Finally, Discovered The Limits To GrowthGenghis S Dream Of World Rule Turned Out To Be A Fantasy And Yet, In Terms Of The Sheer Scale Of The Conquests, Never Has A Vision And The Character Of One Man Had Such An Effect On The WorldCharting The Evolution Of This Vision, John Man Provides A Unique Account Of The Mongol Empire, From Young Genghis To Old Kublai, From A Rejected Teenager To The World S Most Powerful Emperor Good overview of the rise of the Mongol Empire throughout the reign of Ghengis, Ogedei and Kublai Khan The emphasis of the book is the unification of China, other conquests and the fall of the empire are explained sparingly.The book is best when describing events chronologically But it becomes a bit boring when the author tries to explain the grandeur of some of the historical sites and the lasting legacy of the Mongols by describing journeys he himself made to Mongolia The book never manages to give a lively description Some illustrations would probably have remedied this and added to the narrative.Lastly, the brutality of the Mongols is described quite clinically The massacre of entire populations and the destruction of cultures and cities is often excused as a necessary instrument of conquest The author seems to be quite in awn of the Mongols and if you resisted, you got what you deserved is a prevalent theme throughout the book. I thoroughly enjoyed this book John Man takes us right to the start of it all, within 350 pages he manages to link the birth of Ghengis Khan to modern day China If you are looking for a detailed in depth history book on the Mongol empire, this may not be for you John focusses on the Yuan and China aspect of the empire Very little is talked about in regards to Ghengis own sons and grandsons and much emphasis on Kublai. A great book that shows one of the most amazing empires Focusing on their golden ages, the author tries to provide the truth from the myth as few reliable sources are available Written in a easy and understandable way to most non english speakers, it helps explain the roots of the hordes that showed up at Europe s door If anything is missing is details and stories of each campaign The last decades of Mongol power could have been described as well Still, to understand today s China, we have to also remember their first lords, the Mongols Recommend Our history has created our present Be it the era of Alexander or the Republic of Rome so many centuries ago, or things as recent as the World Wars, after each such period, the human race takes a decisive turn to form a new reality Equally important to the formation of our present worlds were the 11th and 12th centuries, which some may argue were of much significance than any other period in history It was the period of Genghis Khan and his heirs and the formation of the Yuan dynasty John Man s book The Mongol Empire is one of the most succinct and tightly worded narratives you could find on this empire It begins with a young Genghis Khan, and goes all the way to the exploits of his grandson, Kublai Khan three generations that are not only the key behind present day China but also shaped the histories of many nations An empire that believed it was meant to rule the world an Asian army that entered deep into Europe a kingdom which displayed tolerance for many religions the stories of the Mongol Empire could run into thousands of pages, but for a brief snapshot you need to get hold of John Man s well researched book The violence that these armies shed, the ideologies they followed, the inter personal enmities, the many victories and the few defeats, John Man takes you into a Mongol and China of yesteryears that is worth diving deep into for wherever you are in this world, chances are high that Genghis Khan or his heirs have had a role to play in your history They rode hard, fought hard, planned hard, and partied hard I had no idea that it was Kublai who advanced things for the Mongols Genghis got the ball rolling but it was his grandson who made the word Mongol something special. Author John Man takes us from the youth of Temujin, and how he became Genghis Khan and built an empire that crossed Asia into Europe, to his descendants not just Ogedai and Kublai, but all the branches of his family, taking us into the internecine feuds and jostling for power while the empire Genghis has founded doubled in size, and then caused it to fracture and split.He does a wonderful job of following the often tortuous paths of history with clarity, but also setting them in the context and feel of time and place the attitudes of the lands and nations who faced the Mongols, well argued reasons for why they fell or resisted The canvas is vast, and he introduced me to many aspects of this history of which I was entirely unaware the facts that the Turks were a earlier wave of settlers from the same part of the world, the Mongol conquest of the entirety of Asian Islam, the fact that European Christian crusaders allied with the Mongols on than one occasion from a belief that they represented the mythical Eastern Christian emperor Prester John to simple practicality of fighting the same opponent , the failed invasions of Vietnam and Japan, the off hand remark that modern Pakistan was part of the empire Each of these and could fill volumes in their own right, and I hope I can find accounts written as well as this Not that this book is simply a brief overview, Man goes into detail that is substantial and in depth, but not overwhelming Early on I had been perhaps a little disparaging of his narrative style, but that was entirely unfair while quite different from the style of, say, Tom Holland, one of my personal favourites and a consummate writer of narrative histories While initially it seems that Man is rushing through events and piling up detail, he circles back and suddenly he is building a narrative picture that has drawn the reader right into the heart of the story His main achievement, though, is the way he connects the events to modern history, not only the China including how the Chinese claim Genghis for their own but Russia, the Stans, the Middle East and even how it moulded medieval Japan.I do have to say that one problem with the book is the way he deals or doesn t deal with rape This becomes especially apparent in a later section when he revisits the fact that one of Genghis sons was viewed possibly correctly as illegitimate as his mother had been held captive by an enemy tribe for several months, as well as the fact of Y chromosomes originating in Mongolia being widespread throughout Asia and Europe He states these matters as simply that, without acknowledging the sexual violence implicit in both I m sure the author would say something along the lines of it was a simple fact of how the world was then , but he doesn t say anything in the text and this omission, whether he feels it irrelevant, or is uncomfortable with the subject, leaves for me a troublesome gap that should at least have been recognised. The Mongol empire once ruled the largest land area that any other conqueror ever had under one hand The wave of flexible and unpredictable warriors whose only weakness lay in insufficient supply of grass, swept in all directions in search for submission You could survive a Mongol attack only by promptly giving up, any attempt to resist was an evidence of disrespect and punishable by death What made this conquest unique, was that, it wasn t directed at any one group or nation in particular, it was directed at absolutely everyone who has not yet accepted Mongol rule, and who had the misfortune of being within their reach Eventually, lack of sufficient grasslands stopped the expansion to the west, and the natural borders of climate, continent edges or high mountains, in all the other directions The empire in all its enormity did not last, but when Kublai Khan, Genghis grandson, conquered the rest of China and finally settled as an emperor of Yuan dynasty, the history of Mongolia and China became integrated forever It was Kublai that united China under his rule, not the other way round and yet, the common knowledge of who did what in the history remains unclear A guide in China once told me We are very proud of Genghis Khan, because he was the only Chinese to have conquered Europeans No point telling her that Genghis was not Chinese, that China was his prime enemy, that he never got as far as Europe himself It would be like denying Mary s virginity to a Catholic.It is a fascinating story of a conquest driven by the mandate of Great Heaven that as Mongols believed, has chosen them to rule the world For me, it is also a magnificent introduction to a part of history that I knew relatively little about, made even interesting by John Man s storytelling abilities.