Once a man almost conquered all the earth. He did make himself master of half our world more than seven hundred years ago. His name was Genghis Khan.
As a boy the Khan was known as Temujin, the Iron One. At the age of nine he had succeeded his father as head of a hard-driving, ferocious tribe of Mongols, who were always on the move, plundering and destroying as they went. As other tribes untied with Khan, the Mongol horde pushed on from the bare Gobi Desert, conquering what we now call China, Iran, Russia, and Mongolia. The farthest corners of the Khan's realm were linked by his couriers, who could cover 150 miles a day on horseback. And as they returned, they brought tales of a strange outer world with its written language, woven fabrics, and wealth of science information.
In Genghis Khan and the Mongol Horde, Harold Lamb gives a vivid picture of the amazing man whose conquest broke down the barriers of the Dark Ages and put Asia in touch with Europe.
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