Genghis Khan by Frank McLynn audiobook

Genghis Khan: His Conquests, His Empire, His Legacy

By Frank McLynn
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Gildan Media, Gildan Audio 9780306823954
24.22 Hours Unabridged
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From an acclaimed historian comes this definitive biography of the great conqueror Genghis Khan. Mongol leader Genghis Khan was by far the greatest conqueror the world has ever known. His empire stretched from the Pacific Ocean to central Europe, including all of China, the Middle East, and Russia. So how did an illiterate nomad rise to such colossal power and subdue most of the known world, eclipsing Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, and Napoleon? Credited by some with paving the way for the Renaissance, condemned by others for being the most heinous murderer in history, who was Genghis Khan? His actual name was Temujin, and the story of his success is that of the Mongol people: a loose collection of fractious tribes who tended livestock, considered bathing taboo, and possessed an unparalleled genius for horseback warfare. United under Genghis, a strategist of astonishing cunning and versatility, they could dominate any sedentary society they chose. Combining fast-paced accounts of battles with rich cultural background and the latest scholarship, Frank McLynn brings vividly to life the strange world of the Mongols, describes Temujin’s rise from boyhood outcast to becoming Genghis Khan, and provides the most accurate and absorbing account yet of one of the most powerful men ever to have lived.

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A London Times Pick: A Must Read

A Providence Journal Best Book of 2015 in Nonfiction

A Library Journal Audio-in-Advance Pick

From an acclaimed historian comes this definitive biography of the great conqueror Genghis Khan.

Mongol leader Genghis Khan was by far the greatest conqueror the world has ever known. His empire stretched from the Pacific Ocean to central Europe, including all of China, the Middle East, and Russia. So how did an illiterate nomad rise to such colossal power and subdue most of the known world, eclipsing Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, and Napoleon? Credited by some with paving the way for the Renaissance, condemned by others for being the most heinous murderer in history, who was Genghis Khan?

His actual name was Temujin, and the story of his success is that of the Mongol people: a loose collection of fractious tribes who tended livestock, considered bathing taboo, and possessed an unparalleled genius for horseback warfare. United under Genghis, a strategist of astonishing cunning and versatility, they could dominate any sedentary society they chose.

Combining fast-paced accounts of battles with rich cultural background and the latest scholarship, Frank McLynn brings vividly to life the strange world of the Mongols, describes Temujin’s rise from boyhood outcast to becoming Genghis Khan, and provides the most accurate and absorbing account yet of one of the most powerful men ever to have lived.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A formidable study of the ruthless Mongolian nomad who carved out an empire.” Sunday Times (London)
“[Khan’s] was an extraordinary, epic story, and Frank McLynn does it full justice in a vivid, page-turning biography.” Spectator
“This comprehensive biography by British historian McLynn tells us all about the Mongol’s brilliant strategy and the bloody battles, but you may find the anthropological details even more fascinating.” Providence Journal
“[McLynn] bring[s] the skill of a seasoned scholar to produce a readable, credible work.” New York Journal of Books
“[A] monumental masterpiece…McLynn’s work is flawless.” Manhattan Book Review
“Brings us face to face with this complex man who shaped the course of history.” Examiner.com
“McLynn knows the terrain and the times so well that he writes about twelfth- and thirteenth-century history and culture as if it were yesterday. Throughout this intricately detailed text, the author pauses continually to explain relevant devices, personalities, political situations, and geography—all of this gives readers a chance to truly understand…Thoroughly researched, grim, grisly, and sometimes even grudgingly admiring.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Sweepingly ambitious and persistently intriguing.” Publishers Weekly
“The author adds depth to the narrative by discussing not only his subject’s military strategies and campaigns but also by delving into the structure of Mongol society, the role of women, and the reorientation of the Mongols from factional tribalism to absolute devotion to the Khan…A richly complete account.” Library Journal
“Ambitious and massive…This is an informative and admirable effort that is ideal for general readers.” Booklist

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Author Bio: Frank McLynn

Author Bio: Frank McLynn

Frank McLynn is a British journalist, historian, and biographer and the author of twenty-nine critically acclaimed books. His best-known works include biographies of Napoleon Bonaparte, Robert Louis Stevenson, Carl Jung, Richard Francis Burton, and Henry Morton Stanley. His book The Jacobite Army in England was awarded the Cheltenham Prize for Literature in 1985, and he was short-listed for the 1989 McVitie’s Prize for Scottish Writer of the Year in 1989. He is a graduate of Wadham College, Oxford, and London University, where he obtained his doctorate.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 24.22
Audience: Adult
Language: English