- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Fair Winds Press (February 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1592333982
- ISBN-13: 978-1592333981
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 49 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Rise and Fall of the Second Largest Empire in History: How Genghis Khan's Mongols Almost Conquered the World
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“Thomas J. Craughwell shows us how Genghis Khan and his grandson Kublai created a ‘Pax
“Everything you’ve ever wanted to know—or shuddered at knowing—about the Mongols is here, from the stack of forty million dead bodies they piled up in their wake to the very real peace, the Pax Mongolica, that made all of Asia safe for commerce and opened up known world to new ideas and technologies. In all, great sweeping history from a superb writer.” —Joseph Cummins, author of The World’s Bloodiest History and The War Chronicles
“Thomas Craughwell’s narrative is at once approachable and illuminating, and he has a gift for finding the telling detail. The Mongols ride again in this marvel of erudition.” —Cormac O’Brien, author of The Forgotten History of America
About the Author
Thomas J. Craughwell has written about saints for the Wall Street Journal, Inside the Vatican, and Catholic Digest, among other national publications.
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Instead, it is a survey of the history of the empire, its culture, and the personalities who were prominent, all related in a narrative, nearly conversational way. There are numerous large colored illustrations and a few maps. It is a very readable book that will more than meet the needs of a more or less casual reader who wants to know more about this very interesting but little known period. As a bonus, the book is printed on heavy, glossy paper a real cut above the typical paperback book.
I liked the book a lot. I wish it had had a few more maps, but that's just a personal preference. I'm much better informed than I was before I read it, and I was entertained in the process of becoming informed. However, this isn't the book for you if you're looking for a scholarly treatment.
1) It was pithy. I like short and concise. If you give me too much details I get bored. I want the flow.
2) I did not know much about the Mongols or their empire so it was totally new and educational.
3) Even thought it was pithy Craughwell still had some interesting tidbits. Whether they were factual, supposed or just plain gossip I liked it.
4) Basically you go from Genghis Khan to his grandson Kublai Khan. In all 100 plus years. You start with Genghis (at the time of King John of England - more or less) and you to go Kublai (at the time of Edward III and the Black Death - more or less). You go from a guy who is 200 percent Mongolian and end up with a guy who wants to be Chinese. You gotta love history.
5) If you are not familiar with the Mongols and the phenomena of who they were and what they did, it is a great read.
Another good book to read either before, or after you read/finish this book is THE ART OF WAR. Reading both books gives you an idea as to just how meticulous both of these leaders/commanders were, along with being real-world examples of how/why Sun Tzu's teachings are so important .
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