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This is an auction for KUBLAI KHAN: THE MONGOL KING WHO REMADE CHINA, by John Man.

Amazon.com reviews:

"This is the definitive biography of the great Mongol ruler, by the author of 'Genghis Khan' and 'Attila the Hun'.

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan/
A stately pleasure dome decree/
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran/
Down to a sunless sea...

"Kublai Khan lives on in the popular imagination thanks to these lines of poetry by Coleridge. But the true story behind this legend is even more fantastic than the poem would have us believe. Kublai Khan inherited the second largest land empire in history from his grandfather, Genghis Khan, and which he extended further, creating the biggest empire the world has ever seen; from China to Iraq, from Siberia to Afghanistan. His personal domain covered sixty-percent of all Asia, and one-fifth of the world’s land area. The West learnt of this great Khan through the reports of Marco Polo. Kublai had not been born to rule, but had clawed his way to leadership, achieving power only in his 40s. He inherited Genghis Khan’s great dream of world domination but unlike his grandfather he saw China and not Mongolia as the key to controlling power, and turned Genghis’s unwieldy empire into a federation. Using China’s great wealth, coupled with his shrewd and subtle governance, he created an empire that was the greatest since the fall of Rome, and shaped the modern world as we know it today. He gave China its modern-day borders and his legacy is that country’s resurgence, and the superpower China of tomorrow."

More very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Large format (trade) paperback 2006.

383 pages + 24 pages of illustrations.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95 (ordinary post) or $6.95 (tracked mail). If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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