Conn Iggulden is top in the fiction chart with Wolf of the Plains, the first of a series of books about Genghis Khan
, whilst Iggulden's The Dangerous Book for Boys - co-written with his brother, Hal - is at the number one spot in the non-fiction list.
Against dingbats like these, who wouldn't prefer to be tried in one of those fantasy melodramas where the jury consists of historical heavies like Genghis Khan
, Vlad the Impaler, and Gwarvaq of Argus 7?
During the Yuan dynasty (1279-1368), the Mongol wars and general turmoil under Genghis Khan
overshadowed a strong artistic legacy enriched by diverse foreign influences.
(JENG-gis KON) has what you might call a nasty reputation.
George Lane's Genghis Khan
And Mongol Rule (031-3325286, $45.
His rampaging armies, which carried on the successes of Genghis Khan
in the thirteenth century, devastated the Ottoman empire.
In name alone, Genghis Khan
conjures up notions of a ruthless, bloodthirsty warrior who pillaged lands far and wide.
In The Saltiness of Greatness, also 1992, stacked blocks of compressed salt chart the relative energy consumption and expenditure of Genghis Khan
, Tokyo Rose, Bruce Lee, and Mao Tse-tung during their respective "reigns.
And since Genghis Khan
celebrated his victories by burning cities to the ground and feasting on huge banquet tables containing the still-breathing bodies of his victims, it's hard to see what lessons CEOs can take away from this.
Massacring many of the people that he conquered, so as to leave no enemies and to strike fear in would-be foes, Genghis Khan
ultimately controlled a massive empire ranging from today's Afghanistan across China.
Attila the Hun, Genghis Khan
, and Napoleon had courage enough for an army but couldn't have filled a thimble with their justice, prudence, or compassion.
, who holds two entries at the Cheltenham Festival, makes his jumps debut in the two-mile hurdle at Navan tomorrow.