Donor challenge: Your generous donation will be matched 2-to-1 right now. Your $5 becomes $15! Dear Internet Archive Supporter,. I ask only once a year. Harold Albert Lamb (September 1, – April 9, ) was an American historian, In he wrote a biography of Genghis Khan, and following on its success turned more and more to the writing of non-fiction, penning numerous. Read the full-text online edition of Genghis Khan: The Emperor of All Men ().
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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Genghis Khan by Harold Lamb. Emperor of All Men by Harold Lamb. Copyright story of Genghis Khan. Hardcoverpages. Published November 10th by Amereon Limited first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Genghis Khanplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Aug 26, Stephen rated it really liked it Shelves: I found this story fascinating and well-written and enjoyed the way the author gave a fairly complete, well-rounded description of Genghis from his early years through his creation of one of the most terrifying military forces of ancient history.
When I finished the book, I felt I had a much better understanding of this famous military leader which is what 4. When I finished the book, I felt I had a much better understanding of this famous military leader which is what you hope for from a book like this. The best book written about Genghis Khan I’ve read thus far. Harold Lamb was fascinated by the people and history of Asia which greatly influenced his fictional short stories, many featuring Cossacks or Mongols as heroes.
Genghis Khan by Harold Lamb
His fascination just as greatly influenced his string of popular nonfiction histories, of which Genghis Khan was the first, written in Eventually his skill with nonfiction led to Cecil B. DeMille hiring him as technical advisor and screenwriters on several films. Lamb’s style of writing is easy to read, probably because he began his Harold Lamb genghls fascinated by the people and history of Asia which greatly influenced his fictional short stories, many featuring Cossacks or Mongols as heroes.
Lamb’s style of writing is easy to read, probably because he began his writing career with his exciting adventure stories.
He paints a picture, in this novel at least, of Genghis Khan the man, rather than as simply a leader of Mongolian hordes. The introduction nicely sets him in the context of European history by showing the panic and terror expressed in historical documents of the time. Indeed, one of the chief features which impresses me thus far is that Lamb’s sources go back to the very earliest Chinese documents mentioning this particular Khan. The resources list in the back is extremely impressive, as are Lamb’s notes about them.
Lamb expressed dismay that modern historians of his time tended to forget that all historical mentions of Genghis Kahn were written by his enemies.
Therefore any actual facts had to be teased out of opinions rendered by those who left a written record, which was not a thing the Mongols valued or bothered with. It is also refreshing that Lamb doesn’t interject his own opinion or agenda into any of the attitudes or khann of those I have thus read. He simply tells the story of Genghis Khan as best as it can be reconstructed. Would that more of our modern historians would follow this method.
Thus far this is a fascinating book, made all the more so by the hardships and adventures of the great Khan’s life and times.
Also, of course, it is an easy way to absorb the history of a time and place that are very foreign to us. As I think of the terror of those in Genghis Khan’s path, who found his actions and khhan incomprehensible, it makes kuan think of the current problems our civilization faces with terrorist threats.
History may not literally repeat itself but patterns of behavior do in such a way that we can see connections and this seems to be one of those times. FINAL This is a simply amazing history which lets you feel the character of Genghis Khan, the horror of the destruction left in his wake, and amazement at the loyal organization he built which lasted beyond the grave.
That Lamb does it in a lean, succinct pages hatold nothing short of miraculous in these days of thousand-page tomes to cover a president’s life.
I was left with a new hero, also, Ye Liu Chutsai. This young Cathayan was captured during a horde attack on China and Genghis Khan lmb to trust his counsel. His innate integrity was so respected that he was often able to check gfnghis slaughter of untold innocents who fell in the Mongol path. Their integrity helped them keep a whole skin. Their rare good sense and shrewd observations helped the Europeans, though nothing would have saved Europe from being overrun had not Orgotai’s death necessitated them returning home Orgotai was the ruling khan after his father’s death.
I encourage anyone reading this to be sure to read the notes which answered several burning questions I had such as who Fra Carpini was and more details about the invasion of Europe after Genghis Khan’s death.
They are highly illuminating and fascinating in their own right. Sep 06, Jenny rated it really liked it. This book is very interesting and entertaining.
I like Lamb’s style because the book reads more like a novel or chronicle than a kkhan. The accounts of the Mongols’ battles are suspenseful harolc gripping. I mostly enjoyed this book, though, because I didn’t know anything about the Mongols and their first leader, Genghis Khan. I enjoyed learning about the ancient Chinese and their great empire as well as the Persians and Turks and other “Eastern” ethnic groups.
This short book gave me a general This book is very interesting and entertaining. This short book gave me a general idea of the lifestyle in the Gobi desert and defied my assumptions and expectations about Mongolian culture. I also like the fact that Lamb defends Genghis Khan’s seemingly murderous personality by actually gehghis it and rejecting the second and third hand accounts of the Khan’s enemies. Overall, genghs is a fascinating read! First he [meaning Ghengis Khan] questioned them closely about their religion, and commented gravely that it was a mistake to make the pilgrimage to Mecca.
That’s due to my high school history teacher who traumatize First he [meaning Ghengis Khan] questioned them closely about their religion, and commented gravely that it was a mistake to make the pilgrimage to Mecca. That’s due to my high school history teacher who traumatized me genghiw the subject — his pop quizzes and tests were one of the hardest I’ve ever encountered.
Not because you had to write essays or think outside the box, oh no. You had to learn the whole textbook and every sentence in it by heart because the wrath of history genbhis upon you if you dared to write one sentence differently. So history always seemed. Not something that’s creative and exciting but something that’s old and dusty and frankly, should be left there to rot. But this year, I promised myself to read more books that are out of my comfort zone.
Yes, I started “Genghis Khan. La,b Emperor of All Men” in October last year, so it doesn’t really count, right? But I like that “Genghis Khan. The Emperor of All Men” was a lhan that showed me that history, too, can be more unconventional. I choose this particular book because Hafold knew next to nothing about the guy himself.
Yes, he was a Mongol and probably he went to war kyan lot because here’s a saying that pretty big percentage of the world population is related to Genghis Khan in some way. So the guy must have spread his seed quite a bit.
Genghis Khan and the Mongol Horde by Harold Lamb
But the why and how were always mysterious for me. Did I like the book? Yes, it is a good book. It summarizes things and gives us a brief glimpse on universe of Genghis Khan. It’s written pretty decently at least, the translated edition that I read was although, some sentences needed more historical background than I managed to look up. But I found myself yearning a bit more humanity. Because at times, it was like a history textbook, one date and battle following another.
I understand that this jarold pretty much what Genghis Khan’s life was. And I understand that there aren’t any records written by Mongols that could give us additional perspectives and angles of 13th century Central Asia. It’s probably just me, I’m not that technical person.
Genghis Khan and the Mongol Horde
I like a bit of personality, glimpses into human nature and all that. Not what he concurred but why and how. Also, I really missed maps that could show me when and how countries were concurred, where did the battles take place, how the battle formations succeeded. Yes, there are descriptions. But I think that some maps would’ve been nice to compliment the descriptions.
Basically, I wished it was written bit more imaginatively. And I wished the edition that I read had footnotes instead of notes at the end of the book. I constantly had to flip back and forward pages because, as I said before, I really don’t feel at home in history. Jul 26, Walt rated it liked it Shelves: This is a very short and easy read on the warlord. It is not very scholarly and perhaps has some errors; but the basic storyline is accurate.
Jun 18, Zeke Chase rated it really liked it Shelves: I know enough about the Great Khan to write my own biography at this point, but as I’m in the process of working on a novel that plays into the Mongol history and ethos, I felt reading this extra biography — a short one I could blow through in no time — would be no extra burden. Also, I’d heard a rumour about the Mongols that I couldn’t seem to verify on a quick Google search, one of those by-the-way massacres that’s mindboggling in and of itself, but hardly noteworthy as one more massacre among I know enough about the Great Khan to write my own biography at this point, but as I’m in the process of working on a novel that plays into the Mongol history and ethos, I felt reading this extra biography — a short one I could blow through in no time — would be no extra burden.
Also, I’d heard a rumour about the Mongols that I couldn’t seem to verify on a quick Google search, one of those by-the-way massacres that’s mindboggling in and of itself, but hardly noteworthy as one more massacre amongst the many campaigns, and I hoped that I might stumble across the truth of this particular siege in yet another biography.
The story goes that a particular city unnamed as the story was related to me in the Islamic world was besieged by the Mongols, trounced, and every man, woman, child and beast within put to the sword.