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Genghis Khan: Life, Death, and Resurrection

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Genghis Khan is one of history's immortals, alive in memory as a scourge, hero, military genius and demi-god. To Muslims, Russians and westerners, he is a murderer of millions, a brutal oppressor. Yet in his homeland of Mongolia he is the revered father of the nation, and the Chinese honor him as the founder of a dynasty. In his so-called Mausoleum in Inner Mongolia, ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published February 6th 2007 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 2004)
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James Tivendale
Nov 18, 2016 James Tivendale rated it liked it
Shelves: asian-history
Hi All.

This book was written in two different perspectives/styles. One was like a typical history book, explaining an amazing and important historic era surrounding an infamous warrior and an amazingly colourful supporting cast chronologically. The other was the writer John Man conversing and traveling with experts of the era and the characters portrayed in visiting certain sights in modern day where things 'might have happened' during the medieval conquests.

The history chronologic part of the
Apr 08, 2010 Jafar rated it liked it
If you’re from anywhere in Asia or Eastern Europe, Genghis makes a prominent (and most like a scary) appearance in your history text books. I thought it would be good to forget what my school books told me about Genghis and read an unbiased biography of him by an Englishman who is not burdened with what Genghis did to England. This book is well-researched and educational. There are parts at the end about the author’s travels in Mongolia that did not interest me and I skipped.

The book basically c
Vikas Datta
Oct 01, 2016 Vikas Datta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Evocative travelogue besides an engrossing history..
Jennifer (JC-S)
Nov 18, 2010 Jennifer (JC-S) rated it liked it
‘Genghis Khan is one of history’s immortals.’

By the time of his death in 1227, Genghis Khan ruled an empire that stretched from the Caspian Sea to the Pacific Ocean. His empire was larger than either that of Rome, or Alexander the Great. To many Muslims, Russians, and Europeans, Genghis Khan is remembered as a murderer of millions. He is honoured in China as the founder of the Yuan dynasty, and in Mongolia he is revered as the father of the nation.

In this book John Man presents an overview of th
Dec 13, 2007 Ricki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an interesting history of the rise and spread of the Mongol Empire under Genghis Khan. Although there are maps and photos in the book, I found it even more interesting to use Google Earth at several points whilst reading the book - the terrain across which his armies travelled, the position of the various dynasties that he conquered and some of the archaeological sites were all more impressive when linked to the geography of the regions. In addition, there is a link on Google Earth that ...more
Matt Brady
A decent biography of Genghis Khan, relying heavily on The Secret History of the Mongols, a document composed possibly by Genghis' half-brother in the years immediately following the Great Khan's death in 1227 AD. Man uses the History not necessarily for historical fact, but more for an insight into contemporary Mongolian psychology. Man also delves pretty deeply (perhaps a little too deeply) into the various mysteries and myths surrounding Genghis's death and secret burial, and into his legacy ...more
Sep 16, 2013 Olethros rated it liked it
-Del protagonista y de su concepto ayer y hoy.-

Género. Ensayo.

Lo que nos cuenta. Bajo el subtítulo “Vida, muerte y resurrección”, ensayo sobre Genghis Khan que nos aproxima a su biografía desde fuentes historiográficas y otras de la tradición oral pero que mezcla la Historia con la guía de viajes, algo de novela e incluso análisis sociopolítico (y hasta religioso) del presente y del pasado para, simultáneamente, hablarnos de la idea de “lo mongol” como concepto e identidad.

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Oct 17, 2009 Combo rated it liked it
Well researched and written, does a fantastic job of conveying a sense of Genghis Khan's personality and overall attitude, as well as his historical legacy. The narratives of the author's own travels could have been left out though, and would have made it a shorter and no less informative read.
Elliott Bignell
Nov 25, 2016 Elliott Bignell rated it really liked it
Once again, this is a second reading. Once again, John Man excels.

Man speaks Mongolian and knows Mongolia. He has been out to Burkhan Khaldun where Genghis may have been interred, and he has eaten marmot shot by his Mongolian friends and baked with a blowtorch. As a result, he can make the terrain come alive and switch back and forth between today and the Middle Ages to provide the context that makes history fizz. He writes engagingly and occasionally with great wit.

Genghis appears to have been
Zeke Chase
Jun 06, 2013 Zeke Chase rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mongol
Genghis has been one of my favourite historical characters for a while now, though I haven't read any actual biographies of the man before now. I happened to pick up a copy of “Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World” by Jack Weatherford from a friend and added it to my list, however, upon looking the book up on Goodreads, one of the first reviews proceeded to extol Genghis for all his virtues (banning torture, linking east and west, meritocracy, freedom of religion...) while downplaying ...more
Jun 17, 2014 Edward rated it it was amazing
Genghis Khan is a name that will pop up in any study of the last 800 years. He is one of history's most powerful ripple effects, a veritable Bad Wolf (for you DW fans) bound up in the rise and fall of countless civilizations. Everything about him is shrouded in myth, legacy, even theology.

This book is part historic investigation, part personal journey. The last few chapters detail the author's own exploration of the Khan's homeland, descendants, and possible burial sites, and are both exciting
Dec 04, 2015 Praveen rated it liked it
Completed the book with mixed feelings..The author has done a good job and mixes current affairs, travel and History well...

I wanted to understand some crucial things about Genghis Khan, but I couldn't find here and maybe the answers can never be found in History books for such questions..

What motivated him towards such grand expeditions? How these nomads come to rule half the civilized world?

The Mongols at the time were not having any script and did not have any written literature...and were de
Babak Fakhamzadeh
Nov 12, 2013 Babak Fakhamzadeh rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, far-east
Fantastic. Man creates a cross between a travelogue and historical research on a subject that is as intriguing as they come. True I find Chinggis (yes,that is the best spelling which Man acknowledges) immensely intriguing myself but Man's book truly is gripping from page one. He's clear, observant, but also very funny. And time and again. He's able to put history in perspective, comparing Mongol customs with similar observances in the west or putting the sheer scale of Chinggis' operations in ...more
Farhad Ahmad
The tend Rules of Eternal Heaven Leadership:
1. Reward Loyalty 13 Genghis never forgot a generous act of his people
2. Be Austere 13 he remained the tough nomad, despising luxury for himself, honoring simplicity. He would give his cloths to poor Mongols in need.
3. Exercise of Self-control 13 controlling his anger, and allow others their say.
4. Find tolerance where you can, and use it 13 he admired and rewarded talent without prejudice, given only that is exercised with loyalty.
5. Kill enemies with
Ayan Dutta
Sep 17, 2016 Ayan Dutta rated it it was amazing
History book that reads more like a thriller...Must read if you want to know more about the greatest conqueror of all times !
Nick Green
Mar 25, 2016 Nick Green rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading Mongol Empire: The Conquests of Genghis Khan and the Making of Modern China, I wanted to read a book that was focusing solely on Genghis Khan himself without speaking about his heirs or what happened after his death. Although, in truth, this book does cover that towards the end.

Having previously read a John Man book, I was originally bought this one for Christmas but have only gotten around to finishing it.

Despite it being more of a book that is both historical in facts and a tra
Rick Lewis
May 24, 2016 Rick Lewis rated it really liked it
John Man is an [apparently] well-known British travel writer and historian who has an impressive writing catalog. This is my first book written by Man, and my first book about Genghis Kahn, and I have to say that I am quite pleased that the book caught my eye on the shelves of the local used bookstore. Genghis Khan: Life, Death, and Resurrection serves as a great introductory book to those who do not know much about Genghis Khan, and as a history-buff interested in the great generals of the ...more
Jun 12, 2012 Kalilah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone with a good understanding of this subject
I purchased this book after watching a historical documentary about the Crusades, in which Genghis Khan was briefly mentioned. I become very interested in him and the Mongolian Empire and decided to delve deeper into this rather obscure and rarely discussed part of history.

I chose this book because of the good reviews it got, but I found myself a little disappointed in it. All the information is there, but I felt it was scattered all over the place and in no particular order, which for me was ra
Bharani Krishnan
May 20, 2015 Bharani Krishnan rated it liked it
This book is packed with lot of information. Though I was discontent with the way the information is presented - for some reason I had to force myself to hold the book for the last part (resurrection) - which ideally should not have been the case considering the fact that author had a lot of interesting insights. Maybe the way he portrayed did not strike the chord- as per my humble opinion you should ideally go back to 13th century and write the book in present tense as though you are taking the ...more
Judi Moore
Oct 02, 2013 Judi Moore rated it it was amazing
I have a 'need to know' regarding this book. But even if I didn't this is popular history at its best.

It's great that history no longer has to be as dessicated as the bones of the people it describes. Mr Man is one of the foremost popular historians writing today. No longer do you need to be bored witless to learn something about history: huzzah!

His beat is the Orient (Mongolia, China, Japan) and about it he is both knowledgeable and eminently readable.

Of the 3 of his I've read this sticks to i
Jun 09, 2010 Yugaljoshi rated it really liked it
An insightful book on perhaps the greatest leader of all time. The book is a mix of history and travelogue and someone not interested in biographies (like me) would find it a tough read. I scanned the book first and then reread it once. Worth a read though. Talks about the unique strategies Mongols used to defeat their enemies, their incomparable ruthlessness, immaculate planning and execution. Be patient while reading and you will enjoy. Don't get judgmental as you would find it quite shocking ...more
Bryn Hammond
Half travelogue, and the latter parts are investigation into his death and the scramble for his tomb, or for political ownership of him (outrageously, the Chinese claim him). Interspersed is Temujin’s story, a potted history and an excursion into war strategy, but this isn’t a biography as such, or a history of the Mongols.

It’s a hodgepodge book -- like those reenactment documentaries, faction, and I tend to be impatient with history told this way. However, I enjoyed the travelogue in this one,
Akilesh Srikantaiah
Dec 28, 2015 Akilesh Srikantaiah rated it really liked it
It's a book I bought about an year ago! This isn't a page turner. It's neither an easy read. The narration is about seeking the truth about the myth of the great Genghis Khan! Beautifully written. What was once a civilization of few men and women involving multiple tribes went on to conquer almost the whole of Eurasia because one leader had the hunger to conquer it all. You can't help but think of the mindset and leadership lessons despite the fact that he was ruthless with his policies with no ...more
Jim Kennedy
Aug 31, 2010 Jim Kennedy rated it really liked it
This is an excellent book. John Man actually visited the vast majority (if not all) of the locations mentioned in the story of Genghis Khan, and likes to bring you there with him to see what they are like now, and how he would imagine they were 700 years ago. The story is well told, and alongside it Man recounts his own travels following Genghis' journey himself. I thought it overlong (his descriptions of his own travels drag a little at times), but that should not take away from a good read if ...more
Audrey Terry
Oct 24, 2014 Audrey Terry rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this. I picked this up initially because it was assigned for a class, and was honestly dreading reading it. A whole book on Genghis Khan? But it's so much more than that, it's a look at the man, the legacy, and his lasting impact on Asia. Growing up, I heard a lot of people talk smack about Genghis Khan. It's nice to get a new perspective, and I liked that Chinese-Mongolian politics were brought into this as well. It's something that I don't readily draw connections to. ...more
Jan 21, 2013 bugen rated it liked it
Shelves: history, non-fiction
A good history of Genghis Khan and the Mongol people in his lifetime, well written by a passionate historian with first hand experience of the culture. Mostly clear and to the point, I felt I learned a lot from this without having to expend too much effort, which is ideal for the most casual of history buffs among us. Unfortunately, the final chapter 'Resurrection' is bogged down with lengthy discussions about things like the site of Genghis' grave and the author's own adventures climbing a ...more
Feb 29, 2012 Nick rated it really liked it
Readable and reasonably entertaining, and you get a decent sense of what Genghis Khan represents for contemporary Mongolian and Chinese people. There's a big obstacle for Man to deal with: the shortage of reliable information about the Khan's life. He tries to overcome it via a mixture of informed guesswork and (occasionally) fairly wild speculation, as well as by trying to make the book as much about his own travels as about the historical details. I found this slightly off-putting at first, ...more
Shaibal Mazumdar
May 03, 2015 Shaibal Mazumdar rated it really liked it
The book is well written and well paced. Inspite of belonging to a genre that I personally haven't explored a lot, mainly due to my assumption that biographies tend to be long winded and boring; I liked this book a lot. Also I found it quite interesting. The facts have been presented in a precise manner and the writing style of the author is a simple and engaging one. I recommend this book to any history lover.
Jul 11, 2011 Julia rated it it was amazing
John Man is an excellent historian with a affection and interest in Genghis Khan and the Mongol people (both past and present) that just comes right off the page. He is also an exemplary storyteller with regards to his own adventures whilst researching this book that makes this history an easy and enjoyable read. If you have an interest in Genghis Khan, his legacy, mythos and a people which are still, by and large, a mystery to many -- if not most -- Westerners.
Guy Grobler
Aug 04, 2011 Guy Grobler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic read. Genghis Khan, who united the Mongolian tribes, who conquered of all Asia (not inc India), who 1 of every 25 Asian's can claim to be descendant from, Genghis came from no where. The book traces the Genghis Khan story in Mongolia, and follows him on his trail - telling the story of the Mongol people and the story of their most celebrated icon/leader in the process.
Excellent writing by John Man.
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John Anthony Garnet Man is a British historian and travel writer. His special interests are China, Mongolia and the history of written communication. He takes particular pleasure in combining historical narrative with personal experience.

He studied German and French at Keble College, Oxford, before doing two postgraduate courses, a diploma in the History and Philosophy of Science at Oxford and Mon
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