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- ASIN : B00J90CDT8
- Publisher : Open Road Media (April 1, 2014)
- Publication date : April 1, 2014
- Language: : English
- File size : 4555 KB
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- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
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- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 756 pages
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- Best Sellers Rank: #353,406 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Even eight centuries later, there isn't a Eur-Asian military strategist, who does not ask themselves the burning question; "What would Genghis Khan do in this situation?"
This work takes a bit of determined effort to complete but it is a pleasant journey (okay, if you have a strong stomach) through a history, we all too often ignore...At our own peril.
Once you have read this, I strongly recommend you purchase and read Cecelia Holland's masterpiece "Until The Sun Falls" which picks up on the evolution of the Mongol Empire, ten years after the ending of "The Ruler Of The Sky".
These books deserve to be a two volume set of readable but realistic Historical Fiction in everyone's library.
The remarkable thing is that Temujin, his real name, was born in the desert of Mongolia without privelege. Over the years he transformed Mongol riders into killing machines and began an exapansion that for a time threatened to engulf the entire European-Asian landmass. It is hard to generate empathy not to mention sympathy for such a character but he was a reflection of his times - ruthless, loyal, brave, resourceful.
The novel begins when he is a child and follows his rise through the ranks by crafty politics, deal-making and fighting skill. The story captures the mood, the scenery, the pulse of life within the inner circle of the leader. The battles are detailed as are the geopolitical discussions. The action is in turns exciting, tender and mesmerizing. When he died his empire was divided among his sons and eventually fell apart. Today, less than 3 million Mongols eke out a subsistence living in the middle of Asia.
Isai Kalashnikov, a russian author wrote "Zhestokiy Vek" (engl.= cruel century) in 1978.
He needed a lead time of 10 years.
His book counts as an epos in the russian literature and is well known around the globe.
Just a great book.
Pamela Sargent (science fiction writer and feminist) didn't wrote this book, NO. She copied it!
If you read the beginning of "Ruler of the Sky" and "Zhestokiy Vek",
you will find the same words, the same proceeding and the same character.
And unfortunately it's almost with the rest of this book.
Of course... there are some sections where Sargent didn't copy one to one, some passages are a little bit different
but it's a shame to do it, though. 5 stars for the orignal version.
Now I can understand why Pamela Sargent hasn't a facebook account ;)
there would be a s***storm of comments about her "work"!
Of course... there are some sections where Sargent didn't copy one to one, but it's a shame to do it, though.
If your russian knowledge is good enough,
you should read the original book by Kalashnikov - one of the best books in the world. Period.
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I highly recommend i
i recommend this to any historical reader
especially as a any fans of the mongol tribes