The Great Wall
Man doesn’t mince words. This is another author anxious to show that well- established ideas are more historical myth than fact. Combining travel with history he treks the length of the Great Wall of China, and shows that it is not one wall, but a series of walls built by different peoples with different purposes. Looking at the Great Wall of China from the so called ‘barbarian’ point of view is just one of the many topics he covers in this well written and illustrated book. It’s a big topic, covering the history of such notables as Genghis Khan, those mysterious Romans in China, and the complex intricacies of Chinese Dynasties, but Man enjoys his work and conveys much of this to the reader. As an introduction to the Wall, its history and particularly Mongolian history, this book is a clear and concise read and enjoyable too.