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Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford

"This Great Khan is the mightiest of men, whether in respects of subjects or of territory or of treasure." —Marco Polo

Genghis Khan and his Mongol army dominated the world in the 13th century. It took genghis only 25 years to conqure more land than the Romans had conquered in 400; he ended up ruling nearly all of Asia, from the Pacific Ocean to the Volga River. This fascinating account o his life "reads like The Iliad . . . part travelogue, part epic narrative" (The Washington Post) and debunks the myths about his notorious cruelty.

Ireland: A Novel by Frank Delaney
"History, legend, memory and myth come seamlessly together in Frank Delaney's wonderfully engaging new novel, Ireland." —The Washington Post

"Dramatic, adventurous, heroic, romantic, slyly comic." —Philadelphia Inquirer

Frank Delaney's saga of the Emerald Isle will make you want to curl up in a snug with a glass of tea and settle in. The story of a boy's search for a storyteller who had once enthralled him with his creations leads the boy to discover for himself the stories of Ireland, from prehistory through modern times. A thick, intricate tapestry of heroes and legends.

Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill: A Brief Account of a Long Life by Gretchen Rubin
More versatile than a blackbird, Winston Churchill inspires not 13 but 40 different perspectives in this unique take on biography by former law professor Gretchen Rubin. Presenting insightful, sometimes contradictory, takes on England's greatest leader, rubin builds easily digestible chapters on churchill as orator, leader, writer, son, husband—and 35 other things. Publishers Weekly calls it "an excellent introduction to one of the most written about men in history."


Gretchen Rubin said...

Hello -- it's Gretchen Rubin. I was so pleased to see your recommendation of FORTY WAYS TO LOOK AT WINSTON CHURCHILL. Thanks so much for shining the spotlight on it! Churchill is such a fascinating character, it was a joy to work on that book.

I loved finding your blog -- always pleased to find another dedicated reader, plus I see from your profile that, like me, you love great YA fiction. Have you read Riordan's LIGHTNING THIEF? that's my latest discovery.

come visit me on my blog, The Happiness Project!

be happy, Gretchen

Tolkien Boy said...

I'm supposed to read Confederacy of Dunces as soon as school slows down. Have you read it? I rely on you for accurate information.

Anonymous said...

Some basic historical facts about Genghis Khan:

Genghis Khan ,(Chinggis Khan), is one of history’s greatest leaders.During his lifetime, he conquered more territory than any other conqueror and established the largest contiguous empire in world history.Today his legacy continues in Asia,Mongols today celebrate him as the founding father of Mongolia....read more