Tamerlane: Sword of Islam, Conqueror of the World

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Da Capo Press, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 449 pages
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Tamerlane, aka Temur-the Mongol successor to Genghis Khan-ranks with Alexander the Great as one of the world's great conquerors, yet the details of his life are scarcely known in the West. Born in obscurity and poverty, he rose to become a fierce tribal leader, and with that his dominion and power grew with astonishing speed. He blazed through Asia, razing cities to the ground. He tortured conquered inhabitants without mercy, sometimes ordering them buried alive, at other times decapitating them. Over the ruins of conquered Baghdad, Tamerlane had his soldiers erect a pyramid of 90,000 enemy heads. As he and his armies swept through Central Asia, sacking, and then rebuilding cities, Tamerlane gradually imposed an iron rule and a refined culture over a vast territory-from the steppes of Asia to the Syrian coastline. Justin Marozzi traveled in the footsteps of this fearsome emperor of Samarkand (modern-day Uzbekistan) to write this book, which is part history, part travelogue. He carefully follows the path of this infamous and enigmatic conqueror, recounting the history and the story of this cruel, cultivated, and indomitable warrior.
  

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Review: Tamerlane: Sword of Islam, Conqueror of the World

User Review  - Babak Fakhamzadeh - Goodreads

Marozzi has an engaging style of writing, is very pleasant to read but is, not yet at least, a match for the likes of John Man, with whom it's just too easy to compare this author. Not sure why, but ... Read full review

Review: Tamerlane: Sword of Islam, Conqueror of the World

User Review  - Vijay - Goodreads

One has heard much about the brutality and the unparalleled military genius of Genghis Khan, but unfortunately very little is known of Timur the lame who was equal in measure in terms of land he ... Read full review

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How that Proud Tyrant was Broken
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An Empire Dies Another is Born
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Chronology of Temurs Life
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About the author (2006)

Justin Marozzi is a writer and journalist who has traveled extensively throughout the Muslim world. Recently, he returned from a year in Iraq. He lives in London.

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