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Genghis Khan

Genghis Khan was one of history’s immortals: a leader of genius and the founder of the world’s greatest land empire – twice the size of Rome’s. His mysterious death in 1227 placed all at risk, so his death and burial were kept a secret. His heirs doubled his conquests, ruling from China to the fringes of Europe, but Genghis’s undiscovered grave remains the subject of intrigue and speculation. Today he is remembered by his victims as a scourge, by Chinese as a dynastic founder, and by his people as a hero and demi-god.


As far as I know, I am the first writer to explore the hidden valley in China where Genghis may have died, and one of the few westerners to climb the sacred mountain in northern Mongolia where he may have been buried. This new edition includes my latest explorations and recent findings in archaeology.



A thrilling account of Genghis Khan’s life, death and his continuing influence

A fine introduction to the subject, as well as a rattling good read

His heart is really in the steppe and with its people, and it is this understanding and enthusiasm which will draw readers

Sue Bradbury


Felipe Fernandez-Armesto


Hugh Kennedy

Times Literary Supplement

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