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. Especially a section where he describes why Genghis may have had one of his last battle preparation villages in a now Barren area of China is so picturesque and enlightening that John Man makes his presumptions essentially very believable. In fact, I can almost recommend the way I have done things if people wish to get into Genghis and the surrounding historical awesomeness. I watched the film Mongol first (which features a great Japanese actor - who also played in the Audition, Visitor Q, and Thor - as the general - Genghis himself) then I read this - and the way thing happened during his life - Which seems more human and honourable than you may be destined to think.. the author explains middle age views and happenings well as if we are there. I have to admit John Man is an Eastern Asia history expert and I have already expressed I wish to read more of his work. I am interested to read other authors regarding this period - about Genghis, the empire, his Grandson Kublai Khan - especially to see if they view Genghis in the same legendary, god-like way of this book and the film (which I think I will watch again later) or if they seem him in the same light as Hitler and Edward I for his destruction of certain races.
Dari gambaran Jenghis Khan di buku ini, teknik perangnya yg sangat cepat dan terorganisir dan kadang kejam dgn menaruh para tawanan di garis depan sbg pihak pertama utk dikorbankan.
If youre from anywhere in Asia or Eastern Europe, Genghis makes a prominent (and most like a scary) appearance in your history text books. The book basically confirmed the image that I had from Genghis as a ruthless, bloodthirsty barbarian with no regard for anything other than his quest for power and domination and revenge. His career started with killing his own brother when he was a teenager, then moved to killing and dominating the nomadic clans in Mongolia, then sacking of China (now China considers Genghis a Chinese and glorifies him), then Central Asia, Persia, Russia, and Eastern and Central Europe. Genghis is their only claim to pride and historical significance. He ignored the burned cities and the piles of bodies in this path and instead gave Genghis vacuous lectures about vegetarianism and The Way. It was interesting that at the beginning of the book Man used the word barbarian inside quotation marks when talking about the Mongolian tribes presumably not to offend the present-day Mongolians.
In this book John Man presents an overview of the history, and the mystery, surrounding Genghis Khan. The contemporary detail did add to the overall portrait of Genghis Khan by giving some sense of how he is viewed in Mongolia, and this will be important to some readers.
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.
John Man writes good, light, easy to read pop history. And well, okay, John Man gives us little snippets of faction (as is his wont), but it is based on research and an understanding of what was likely.
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.
Work in Mongolia led to Genghis Khan: Life, Death and Resurrection, which has so far appeared in 18 languages. A revised edition of his book on Genghis Khan, with the results of an expedition up the mountain on which he is supposed to be buried, was upcoming in autumn 2010. The Leadership Secrets of Genghis Khan combines history and leadership theory.