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Genghis Khan: Conqueror of the World

3.21 of 5 stars 3.21  ·  rating details  ·  90 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Genghis Khan's armies breached the Great Wall of China, captured Beijing, and crushed all resistance in Afghanistan, Persia and Southern Russia by ruthless massacres and pillage. His armies also invaded Europe. Yet until now no historically reliable book about him has been written for a popular audience. This book analyses how Genghis Khan was able to unite the primitive M ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 17th 2004 by Tauris Parke Paperbacks (first published 1989)
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This is a workmanlike little history of the career highlights of the most unlovable of the Great Captains. Unfortunately, the author has little time for context, psychological analysis or chrome of any kind: this is history by Joe Friday with "just the facts, Ma'am." Even more unfortunate is the author's appalling attempt to forgive Genghis Kahn's unbelievable atrocities (e.g., routinely and literally killing every man, woman, child, fetus, dog and cat in cities which fell to the Mongol hordes) ...more
Michael Ware
Genghis Kahn's life makes for a great story and the journey he made to conquer most of the known world is incredible. This book was very difficult to get through. The narration was brutally slow, I am sure there is a better version out there. This one gets out all the points, but It could have been told better.
Karl Wiemer
This book is terrible. At least the first pages. I give it another 30 mins.

I quit. Unreadably bad writing. Like an undergraduate history paper ... only longer. Hopelessly Euro-centric in its perspective, and executed with a stupefying dullness of style. Though there are moments of levity, at the author's expense, I cannot endure any more.

Rather than leave on a low note, let me share my favorite sentence of the few pages I was able to endure: "In addition to the characteristics already mentioned
John Lucy
Oh my goodness. Just about the only cool thing about this book is that de Hartog started research for this book while in a Nazi concentration camp. You want the book to be good for that reason. Unfortunately, once the book starts, you're left wondering when the good stuff will start.

A lot of the book reads like a simple book report. There are end notes for everything with very little explanation of anything, making it seem as if de Hartog doesn't have any knowledge of the subject. When you read
This book was ok. The first part was good. I kinda lost interest in the middle. The last part was the best part of the book in my opinion. The beginning gives you a general history of Khan and his family. The middle section goes into a general history of the area and people before Khan started his conquest. With all the names of people and countries and cities... I had a hard time really keeping track. Plus I wasn't really interested in those things. Basically the book kinda wandered away of Kha ...more
I bought this book on a whim at a library sale. Overall, the book is not bad for a concise history of the "World Conqueror" and the empire he built. My problem with the book was that the author switched formats in that in the beginning he had chapters covering specific topics such as the organization of the Mongol Army but then later on changed to a time line.

A good book for those with a simple curiosity and not wanting to get into a lengthy, weighty more in depth level reading.
Move along. There's nothing to see here. Unless you like genocidal tyrants and lecherous war criminals.
Bcoghill Coghill
Dec 03, 2008 Bcoghill Coghill rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Library
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