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The Best Books About Genghis Khan

Best Genghis Kahn Books

“What are the best books about Genghis Khan?” We looked at 86 of the top Genghis Khan books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 15 titles, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Genghis Kahn” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 50+ titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

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Top 15 Books About Genghis Khan



15 .) Genghis Khan written by R. P. Lister

 Genghis Khan

Lists It Appears On:

  • Mongolia Book Service
  • Softonic

This is an account of the early life of Genghis Khan, considered to be the most fearsome warrior of all time. The book covers the young Khan’s daring conquests up until his elevation as Ruler of the Steppes in 1206. There are also genealogical tables tracing the familial descent of Genghis Khan.



14 .) Genghis Khan: Emperor of All Men written by Harold Lamb

 Genghis Khan: Emperor of All Men

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Mongolia Book Service



13 .) Genghis: Lords of the Bow written by Conn Iggulden

 Genghis: Lords of the Bow

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Softonic

Genghis unites Mongol tribes to cross the Gobi Desert and fight the Chin – gleaming cities, soaring walls, and canals. Laying siege to one fortress after another, Genghis cunningly crushes each enemy differently, overcoming moats, barriers, deceptions, and superior firepower—until his army calls the Emperor in Yenking to kneel.



12 .) Hearing Birds Fly written by Louisa Waugh

 Hearing Birds Fly

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amicus Mongolia
  • Mongolia Travel Advice

HEARING BIRDS FLY is Louisa Waugh’s passionately written account of her time in a remote Mongolian village. Frustrated by the increasingly bland character of the capital city of Ulan Bator, she yearned for the real Mongolia and got the chance when she was summoned by the village head to go to Tsengel far away in the west, near the Kazakh border. Her story completely transports the reader to feel the glacial cold and to see the wonders of the Seven Kings as they steadily emerge from the horizon. Through her we sense their trials as well as their joys, rivalries and even hostilities, many of which the author shared or knew about. Her time in the village was marked by coming to terms with the harshness of climate and also by how she faced up to new feelings towards the treatment of animals, death, solitude and real loneliness, and the constant struggle to censor her reactions as an outsider. Above all, Louisa Waugh involves us with the locals’ lives in such a way that we come to know them and care for their fates.



11 .) Lonely Planet Mongolia (Travel Guide) written by Michael Kohn

 Lonely Planet Mongolia (Travel Guide)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amicus Mongolia
  • Mongolia

Let the adventure begin Ride a camel across the sun-scorched Gobi, feast by moonlight at the bottomless lake of Uureg Nuur, and experience traditional archery and wrestling at the Naadam Festival. Escape to the ends of the earth in the footsteps of the first Mongol nomads. All you need is a strong pair of boots and this bestselling guidebook. – Find Your Way – detailed maps and GPS coordinates for hundreds of key sites. – Connect With The Locals and sleep in a ger, Mongolia’s famous felt-tent abode – expanded reviews describe the country’s best ger camps. – Stride Across The Steppes with our inspiring itineraries through the Land of Blue Sky – witness magical monasteries and spectacular ice canyons. – Talk The Talk – our Language chapter makes communication easy. – Get Under The Skin of Mongolia with dedicated Culture and History chapters packed with fascinating insights and little-known facts.



10 .) Modern Mongolia: Reclaiming Genghis Khan written by Paula L.W. Sabloff

 Modern Mongolia: Reclaiming Genghis Khan

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amicus Mongolia
  • Goodreads

Mongolia, a country that evokes romantic curiosity on the part of American readers, has emerged from its former Soviet cocoon. It has achieved independence, democracy, and a twenty-first-century market economy. This book provides factual information about Mongolia and new ways of looking at a historical figure, Genghis Khan, whose ideals of nationhood and democratic principles are in practice now. Modern Mongolia is unique in providing multiple perspectives–Mongolian and American, scholarly and less formal–about the country’s developments in a readable style, richly illustrated with 120 full-color contemporary and archival photographs, both scenic and artifactual. The first chapter provides an overview of Mongolian geography and history to the twentieth century and the author’s personal experience as a teenager during the 1989-90 democratic revolution. Chapter 2, by a Mongolian historian, recounts the exciting changes from Manchu Dynasty feudal society and autonomous theocracy to Communist nationhood and, finally, full independence as a democratic nation. The third chapter, by a cultural historian, describes the effects of historical changes on the daily life of Mongolian nomads–their clothing, family dwellings (gers), and furnishings. Chapter 4, by an American political anthropologist, shows the connection between modern Mongolians’ devotion to democracy and the political ideas of Genghis Khan.



9 .) Mongolia written by Jasper Becker

 Mongolia

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amicus Mongolia
  • Mongolia Travel Advice

The author travels from Peking, across the centre of Asia to Leningrad, encountering a host of characters who enable him to piece together Mongolia’s turbulent history. He uncovers the unique cultural heritage of a country hidden from the West until only recently. Along the way he uncovers Japanese attempts during World War II to place a descendant of Genghis Khan at the head of a new Mongolian state, recounts the horrors of Stalin’s rule when 20 per cent of the population was liquidated and the monasteries were destroyed, discovers the real location of Shangri-La and visits the high mountains of the north where the last surviving shamans summon up the spirits of the dead.



8 .) Moving with the Seasons written by

 Moving with the Seasons

Lists It Appears On:

  • Mongolia
  • Nomadic Expedition

This stunning book by Liza F. Carter is a unique portrait of a Mongolian nomadic family. Filled with photographs and information on daily life, Moving with the Seasons: Portrait of a Mongolian Family documents a way of life that is under tremendous pressure to change. The family blends ancient ways of living that have survived since the time of Genghis Khan in AD 1200 with elements of the modern world. The book draws on the author’s experience with a single family to reveal the unique culture of Mongolian nomads and their remarkable capacity to thrive in one of the world’s harshest environments.



7 .) On the Trail of Genghis Khan written by Tim Cope

 On the Trail of Genghis Khan

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amicus Mongolia
  • Nomadic Expedition

he relationship between man and horse on the Eurasian steppe gave rise to a succession of rich nomadic cultures. Among them were the Mongols of the thirteenth century – a small tribe, which, under the charismatic leadership of Genghis Khan, created the largest contiguous land empire in history. Inspired by the extraordinary life nomads lead, Tim Cope embarked on a journey that hadn’t been successfully completed since those times: to travel on horseback across the entire length of the Eurasian steppe, from Karakorum, the ancient capital of Mongolia, through Kazakhstan, Russia, Crimea and the Ukraine to the Danube River in Hungary. From horse-riding novice to spending months in the saddle, he learnt to fend off wolves and would-be horse-thieves, and grapple with the haunting extremes of the steppe as he crossed sub-zero plateaux, the scorching deserts of Kazakhstan and the high-mountain passes of the Carpathians. As he travelled he formed a close bond with his horses and especially his dog Tigon, and encountered essential hospitality – the linchpin of human survival on the steppe – from those he met along the way. Cope bears witness to how the traditional ways hang in the balance in the post-Soviet world – an era that has brought new-found freedom, but also the perils of corruption and alcoholism, and left a world bereft of both the Communist system upon which it once relied, and the traditional knowledge of the nomadic forefathers. A journey of adventure, endurance and eventual triumph, On the Trail of Genghis Khan is at once a celebration of and an elegy for an ancient way of life.



6 .) The Earth Is the Lord’s: A Tale of the Rise of Genghis Khan written by Taylor Caldwell

 The Earth Is the Lord's: A Tale of the Rise of Genghis Khan

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Mongolia Book Service

For Taylor Caldwell’s legions of fans, this novel provides her usual wealth of historical detail and finely drawn characters. The book covers the early life of the great conqueror, focusing primarily on characters: his stern and indomitable mother, the cynical and outcast uncle who educates him, his manipulative wife Bortei, the boyhood friends who become his generals and paladins, and his blood brother Jamuga, who is both his dearest friend and bitterest enemy. Caldwell provides considerable rationale for Genghis Khan’s later spectacular career of conquest. The novel draws a hugely colorful and very detailed portrait of life in Central Asia during the Middle Ages: from nomadic desert tribes, to wealthy and decadent cities like Samarkand, to the decaying empires of China. For lovers of colorful historical fiction, this book is quite a treat!



5 .) The Secret History of the Mongol Queens by Jack Weatherford written by Jack Weatherford

 The Secret History of the Mongol Queens by Jack Weatherford

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amicus Mongolia
  • Goodreads

Weatherford resurrects the true history of Genghis Khan, from the story of his relentless rise through Mongol tribal culture to the waging of his devastatingly successful wars and the explosion of civilization that the Mongol Empire unleashed.



4 .) The Secret History of the Mongols: For the First Time Done into English Out of the Original Tongue and Provided With Exegetical Commentary written by Francis W. Cleaves (Editor)

 The Secret History of the Mongols: For the First Time Done into English Out of the Original Tongue and Provided With Exegetical Commentary

Lists It Appears On:

  • Mongolia Book Service
  • Mongolia Book Service



3 .) The Tiger Queens: The Women of Genghis Khan written by Stephanie Thornton

 The Tiger Queens: The Women of Genghis Khan

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Softonic

In the late twelfth century, across the sweeping Mongolian grasslands, brilliant, charismatic Temujin ascends to power, declaring himself the Great, or Genghis, Khan. But it is the women who stand beside him who ensure his triumph…. After her mother foretells an ominous future for her, gifted Borte becomes an outsider within her clan. When she seeks comfort in the arms of aristocratic traveler Jamuka, she discovers he is the blood brother of Temujin, the man who agreed to marry her and then abandoned her long before they could wed. Temujin will return and make Borte his queen, yet it will take many women to safeguard his fragile new kingdom. Their daughter, the fierce Alaqai, will ride and shoot an arrow as well as any man. Fatima, an elegant Persian captive, will transform her desire for revenge into an unbreakable loyalty. And Sorkhokhtani, a demure widow, will position her sons to inherit the empire when it begins to fracture from within. In a world lit by fire and ruled by the sword, the tiger queens of Genghis Khan come to depend on one another as they fight and love, scheme and sacrifice, all for the good of their family…and the greatness of the People of the Felt Walls.



2 .) The Travels of Marco Polo the Venetian written by William Marsden, re-edited

 The Travels of Marco Polo the Venetian

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amicus Mongolia
  • Mongolia Book Service



1 .) Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World written by Jack Weatherford

 Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amicus Mongolia
  • Goodreads
  • Mongolia Travel Advice
  • Nomadic Expedition

Weatherford resurrects the true history of Genghis Khan, from the story of his relentless rise through Mongol tribal culture to the waging of his devastatingly successful wars and the explosion of civilization that the Mongol Empire unleashed.




The 50+ Additional Best Books About Genghis Khan And The Mongolian Empire



#BooksAuthorsLists
16Ascent: The Rise of Chinggis Khan Softonic
17Attila and the Nomad Hordes : Warfare on the Eurasian Steppes 4th-12th Centuries (Osprey Elite Series, No. 30)David Nicolle, Angus McBride (Illustrator)
Mongolia Book Service
18Bones of the HillsConn IgguldenGoodreads
19Chinese Textile Masterpieces of the Sung, Yuan and Ming DynastiesStephen McGuiness, Sae Ogasawara, and Mitsuru Urigami
Mongolia Book Service
20Colloquial Mongolian: The Complete Course for BeginnersAlan J. Sanders and Jantsangiin Bat-Ireedui
Mongolia Book Service
21ConquerorConn IgguldenGoodreads
22Daily Life in China, on the Eve of the Mongol Invasion, 1250-1276Jacques Gernet
Mongolia Book Service
23Der Khan Softonic
24Eagle Dreams – STEPHEN J. BODIO 
Amicus Mongolia
25Earth Is The Lords Softonic
26Eques Mongolica Mongolia
27Genghis Khan and the Mongol HordeHarold LambGoodreads
28Genghis Khan: Invincible Ruler of the Mongol EmpireZachary KentGoodreads
29Genghis Khan: Secret History Mongolia
30Genghis: Birth of an EmpireConn IgguldenGoodreads
31George Washington’s Secret Spy War: The Making of America’s First SpymasterJohn A. NagyGoodreads
32Gobi: Tracking The Desert Mongolia
33I Rode a Horse of Milk White JadeDiane Lee Wilson
Mongolia Book Service
34In The Empire Of Genghis Khan Mongolia
35Jor & KaNiklas KrogGoodreads
36Khan: Empire of SilverConn IgguldenGoodreads
37Kublai Khan: His Life and TimesMorris Rossabi
Mongolia Book Service
38Lonely Planet Mongolian PhrasebookJ. Bat-Ireediu, Jantsangiyn Bat-Ireedui, Alan J. Sanders
Mongolia Book Service
39Long Way Round Mongolia
40Longitude Books 
Nomadic Expedition
41Lost in MongoliaColin Angus
Mongolia Travel Advice
42March of the BarbariansHarold Lamb
Mongolia Book Service
43Marco PoloKeith Miles and David Butler
Mongolia Book Service
44Marco Polo: From Venice to XanaduLaurence BergreenGoodreads
45Mongol CostumeHenny Harald Hanson
Mongolia Book Service
46Mongolia: Empire Of The Steppes Mongolia
47Mongolia: The Bradt Travel Guide Mongolia
48Mongolian FolktalesHilary Roe Metternich (Editor), Norovsambuugin Baatartsog (illustrator)
Mongolia Book Service
49Mongols (Osprey Men-At-Arms Series, 105)Stephen Turnbull
Mongolia Book Service
50
My Journey to Mongolia: A Reporter’s Journal by Charles S Rice
 
Amicus Mongolia
51National Costumes of the Mongolian People’s Republic editedB. Sodnom
Mongolia Book Service
52Nomad Empire of Eternal Blue Sky Mongolia
53Nomads of EurasiaVladimir N. Basilov (Editor), Mary Fleming Zirin (Translator), et al
Mongolia Book Service
54Northmen: The Viking Saga, 793-1241 ADJohn HaywoodGoodreads
55Odyssey Guide Mongolia 
Nomadic Expedition
56Of Battles PastBryn HammondGoodreads
57OrlokDon Dandrea
Mongolia Book Service
58Riding Windhorses: A Journey into the Heart of Mongolian ShamanismSarangerel Odigan
Mongolia Book Service
59
Ruler Of The Sky: A Novel of Genghis Khan
 Softonic
60Russia and the Golden Horde: The Mongol Impact on Medieval Russian HistoryCharles J. Halperin
Mongolia Book Service
61Storm from the East: From Genghis Khan to Khublai KhanRobert Marshall
Mongolia Book Service
62The Adventures of Ibn Battuta: A Muslim Traveller of the 14th CenturyRoss E. Dunn
Mongolia Book Service
63The Blue Sky 
Nomadic Expedition
64The Blue Wolf Softonic
65The Changing World of Mongolia’s NomadsMelvyn Goldstein and Cynthia Beall
Mongolia Book Service
66The Devil’s HorsemenJames Chambers
Mongolia Book Service
67The First Horsemen (Time-Life Emergence of Man Series)Frank Trippett et al.
Mongolia Book Service
68The Great Commanders of the Medieval World, 454-1582Andrew RobertsGoodreads
69The Leadership Secrets of Genghis KhanJohn ManGoodreads
70The Lion, the Sun and the Eternal Blue SkyAndrew Greenfield LockhartGoodreads
71The Marvelous MongolianJames Aldridge
Mongolia Book Service
72The Mongoliad: Book OneNeal StephensonGoodreads
73
The Mongols (Peoples of Europe Series)by David Morgan
 
Mongolia Book Service
74
The Mystery of Genghis Khan: A Historical Novel, Books One and Two
 Softonic
75The Secret History of the Mongols: A Mongolian Epic Chronicle of the Thirteenth CenturyIgor De RachewiltzGoodreads
76The Six Directions of SpaceAlastair ReynoldsGoodreads
77The Story of the Mongols Whom We Call the Tartars: Friar Giovanni Di Plano Carpini’s Account of His Embassy to the Court of the Mongol KhanDa Pian Del Carpine Giovanni, Erik Hildinger (Translator)
Mongolia Book Service
78
The Story of the Weeping Camel DVD
 Mongolia
79The Travels of Marco Polo 
Mongolia Book Service
80Travels In Northern Mongolia Mongolia
81Treasure of KhanClive CusslerGoodreads
82Unterwegs im Land der Nomaden Mongolia
83Until the Sun FallsCecelia Holland
Mongolia Book Service
84When Silk was Gold: Central Asian and Chinese TextilesJames C. Watt and Anne E. Wardwell
Mongolia Book Service
85Women of MongoliaMartha Avery
Mongolia Book Service
86Yassa Softonic



7 Best Genghis Khan Book Sources/Lists



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Amicus Mongolia Mongolia Recommended Readings | Best 10 Books – Mongolia Travel
Goodreads Popular Genghis Khan Books – Goodreads
Mongolia Mongolia Travel Guide Books And Tour Information About Travelling …
Mongolia Book List Mongolia Reading List – The University of Akron
Mongolia Travel Advice Mongolia book reviews -the best books on Mongolia
Nomadic Expeditions Mongolia Must-Reads: The Essential Books about Mongolia
Softonic 10 Best books about Genghis Khan 2018 – Softonic Solutions

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