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  • The Mongol Empireby John Man

    Transworld 2014; US$ 28.86

    Genghis Khan is one of history's immortals: a leader of genius, driven by an inspiring vision for peaceful world rule. Believing he was divinely protected, Genghis united warring clans to create a nation and then an empire that ran across much of Asia. Under his grandson, Kublai Khan, the vision evolved into a more complex religious ideology,... more...

  • The Terra Cotta Armyby John Man

    Da Capo Press 2009; US$ 16.95

    The Terra Cotta Army is one of the greatest archaeological discoveries ever made. Over seven thousand life-size figures of warriors and horses were interred in the mausoleum of the first emperor of China?and each figure was individually carved. Weaving together history and a first-hand account of his experiences in China, John Man tells the fascinating... more...

  • Attila The Hunby John Man

    Transworld 2010; US$ 14.42

    The name Attila the Hun has become a byword for barbarism, savagery and violence. His is a truly household name, but what do we really know about the man himself, his position in history and the world in which he lived? This riveting biography reveals the man behind the myth. In the years 434-454AD the fate of Europe hung upon the actions... more...

  • Genghis Khanby John Man

    Transworld 2010; US$ 14.42

    Genghis Khan - creator of the greatest empire the world has ever seen - is one of history's immortals. In Central Asia, they still use his name to frighten children. In China, he is honoured as the founder of a dynasty. In Mongolia he is the father of the nation. In the USA, Time magazine, voted Genghis Khan 'the most important person of the last... more...

  • The Great Wallby John Man

    Transworld 2010; US$ 14.42

    China's Great Wall north of Beijing is one of the world's most famous sights. Millions every year climb the line of stone snaking over mountains. We all feel we know the Wall. But we are wrong. It is too big, too varied, too complex to be captured by a few images or a day-trip. Myths surround it. Many believe that the stone barrier marches... more...

  • The Terracotta Armyby John Man

    Transworld 2010; US$ 14.42

    The Terracotta Army is one of the greatest, and most famous, archaeological discoveries of all time. 6,000 life-size figures of warriors and horses were interred in the Mausoleum of the First Emperor of China - each is individually carved, and they are thought to represent real members of the emperor's army. This is the remarkable story of their... more...

  • Kublai Khanby John Man

    Transworld 2012; US$ 14.42

    In Xanadu did Kubla Khan A stately pleasure dome decree Kublai Khan lives on in the popular imagination thanks to these two lines of poetry by Coleridge. But the true story behind this legend is even more fantastic than the poem would have us believe. He inherited the second largest land empire in history from his grandfather,... more...

  • Ninjaby John Man

    HarperCollins 2013; US$ 13.99

    The first major pop history of the Japanese stealth assassins, John Man's Ninja is a meticulously researched, entertaining blend of mythology, anthropology, travelogue, and history of the legendary shadow warriors. Spies, assassins, saboteurs, and secret agents, Ninja have become the subject of countless legends that continue to enthrall us in... more...

  • Samuraiby John Man

    HarperCollins 2014; US$ 11.99

    The inspiration for the Jedi knights of Star Wars and the films of Akira Kurosawa, the legendary Japanese samurai have captured modern imaginations. Yet with these elite warriors who were bound by a code of honor called Bushido?the Way of the Warrior?the reality behind the myth proves more fascinating than any fiction. In Samurai , celebrated author... more...

  • Ninjaby John Man

    HarperCollins 2013; Not Available

    The first major pop history of the Japanese stealth assassins, John Man's Ninja is a meticulously researched, entertaining blend of mythology, anthropology, travelogue, and history of the legendary shadow warriors. Spies, assassins, saboteurs, and secret agents, Ninja have become the subject of countless legends that continue to enthrall us in... more...