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The untold story of the world's greatest empire and the creation of modern China
John Man is a historian with a special interest in Mongolia. He has travelled widely across the lands that formed the Mongol Empire, becoming one of the few Western writers to explore the hidden valley where Genghis may have died, climb the sacred mountain on which he is supposedly buried and explore the ruins of Xanadu, the first capital of Genghis's grandson, Kublai Khan. His books, published in over twenty languages, include the bestselling Genghis Khan- Life, Death and Resurrection and Kublai Khan.
"Wonderful... what sets it apart is the way the tale is told. Quirky digressions and fascinating anecdotes pepper a narrative of wonderful dramatic energy." -- Gerard DeGroot * The Times * "Excellent and profoundly committed ... Man provides a vivid, lucid and economical picture. A worthy addition to the burgeoning popular literature on the centaurs of the steppes." -- Frank McLynn * Literary Review * "[Man] does a splendid job of conveying the sheer opulence and grandeur... [and tells] a rollicking good story, his historical narrative interspersed with high-spirited travel-writerly digressions. Lively and engaging." -- Justin Marozzi * The Spectator * "A very lively and enjoyable book." -- Peter Lewis * Daily Mail * "One could not wish for a better storyteller or analyst than John Man." * Simon Sebag Montefiore *