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Review | Genghis Khan: The World Conqueror

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Review | Genghis Khan: The World Conqueror

Dr. Sam Djang, a dentist and amateur historian, has spent eight years producing a huge, two-volume novel about the life and times of Genghis Khan. The result is decidedly mixed.

To write Genghis Khan: The World Conqueror, A Historical Novel, the author studied primary and secondary source material on the Mongols from a number of East Asian countries, traveling widely in pursuit of the story. Unfortunately, he then assembled the information into a narrative, and turned it into a novel by adding rather clunky and awkward dialogue. This novelization process makes the book so unreadable that it obscures Dr. Djang’s larger point about the importance of understanding Genghis Khan’s culture and background.

The final result is that what could have been a very interesting non-fiction work, shedding new light on Genghis Khan and his Mongol Empire, is instead an 800+ page exercise in painfully poorly-written dialogue. I can’t recommend that anyone read Genghis Khan: The World Conqueror, A Historical Novel unless they want to study an example of how not to write historical fiction.

Those with an interest in Genghis Khan and the Mongols would do much better to read either Jack Weatherford’s Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World, or The Rise and Fall of the Second Largest Empire in History: How Genghis Khan’s Mongols Almost Conquered the World by Thomas Craughwell.

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