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The Mongol Empire
The Mongol Empire

The Mongol Empire

Genghis Khan, His Heirs and the Founding of Modern China


400 Pages, 5 x 8

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $18.95 (US $18.95)

Publication Date: October 2016

ISBN 9780552168809

Rights: US

Transworld Publishers (Oct 2016)

Price: $18.95


The untold story of the world's greatest empire and the creation of modern China

Genghis Khan is one of history's immortals: believing he was divinely protected, he united warring clans to create an empire that ran across much of Asia. Under his grandson, Kublai Khan, the vision evolved into a more complex religious ideology, justifying further expansion. Kublai doubled the empire's size until, in the late 13th century, he and the rest of Genghis's 'Golden Family' controlled one fifth of the inhabited world. Along the way, he conquered all China, gave the nation the borders it has today, and then, finally, discovered the limits to growth. In terms of the sheer scale of the conquests, never has a vision and the character of one man had such an effect on the world. This book provides a unique account of the Mongol Empire, from young Genghis to old Kublai, from a rejected teenager to the world's most powerful emperor.


"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, 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, author, The Romanovs: 1613 - 1918

Author Biography

John Man is a historian whose books, published in over 20 languages, include the bestselling Genghis Khan: Life, Death and Resurrection, Ninja: 1,000 Years of the Shadow Warrior, and Samurai: The Last Warrior.