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Khubilai Khan's Lost Fleet: In Search of a Legendary Armada Hardcover – April 13, 2009

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Editorial Reviews


“Engaging and highly readable . . .Delgado writes with an attractively direct style. . . . This trim volume, covering only a small part of a vast subject, is . . . a valuable addition to the shelves.”
(The Guardian 2009-03-28)

“Splendor galore . . . This consistently interesting, well-organized book addresses more than its title suggests. [It] will appeal to anyone interested in modern underwater archaeology or Asian, maritime, and military history-who, after all, isn't amazed that Khubilai's second fleet was the largest ever assembled until Operation Overlord some 650 years later?”
(Foreword Magazine 2009-09-01)

“[Delgado] writes so well, on such a human level. He makes history come alive.”
(Huffington Post 2011-04-20)

“This is a well-written and valuable book exploring an area of scholarship that is still in its infancy in Asia.”
(China Review International 2012-07-25)

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“James Delgado is one of the world's preeminent marine archaeolgists; he's also a terrific writer, and Khubilai Khan's Lost Fleet is a fascinating adventure tale packed with insights into a maritime empire about which most Westerners know almost nothing.”—Nathaniel Philbrick, author of In the Heart of the Sea

“The attempts by Khubilai Khan to invade Japan with his all-conquering Mongol armies were instrumental in forging Japan's national consciousness, yet the precise details of the operations have for centuries remained a mystery. Through brilliant and painstaking research James Delgado has brought Khubilai Khan's lost fleet to the surface, showing for the first time the true nature of the doomed adventure.”—Stephen Turnbull, author of The Samurai Sourcebook

“This is two stories in one: how the armada sent by Khubilai Khan to invade Japan in 1281—the greatest fleet in history before D-Day—was churned to bits by a typhoon and how some of those bits are being retrieved in one of the greatest feats of modern marine archaeology. James Delgado has been at the heart of this project. He ranges widely, showing how the past and present illuminate each other. (To the Japanese, the typhoon was the original kamikaze, the 'divine wind' after which their World War II suicide bombers were named.) Objectivity is matched with personal involvement, scholarship with narrative skill. This is history at its best: rigorous, original, and vivid.”—John Man, author of Kublai Khan and The Terra Cotta Army

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; First Edition edition (April 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520259769
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520259768
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,861,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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