Attila: The Barbarian King Who Challenged Rome

Attila: The Barbarian King Who Challenged Rome


By (author) John Man

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  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
  • Format: Paperback | 324 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 206mm x 30mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 17 February 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0312539398
  • ISBN 13: 9780312539399
  • Edition: 2
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: maps
  • Sales rank: 865,210

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A stunning biography of history's most infamous warlord, Attila the Hun For a crucial twenty years in the early fifth century, Attila held the fate of the Roman Empire and the future of all Europe in his hands. He created the greatest of barbarian forces, and his empire briefly rivaled Rome's. In numerous raids and three major campaigns against the Roman Empire, he earned himself an instant and undying reputation for savagery. But there was more to him than mere barbarism. Attila was capricious, arrogant, brutal, and brilliant enough to win the loyalty of millions. In the end, his ambitions ran away with him. He did not live long enough to found a lasting empire--but long enough to jolt Rome toward its final fall. In this riveting biography, masterful storyteller John Man draws on his extensive travels through Attila's heartland and his experience with the nomadic traditions of Central Asia to reveal the man behind the myth.

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Author information

John Man is a historian and travel writer with a special interest in Mongolia. His book "Gobi: Tracking the Desert "was the first book on the subject in English since the 1920s. He is also the author of "Atlas of the Year 1000," "Alpha Beta," "The Gutenberg Revolution," " Genghis Khan, The Terracotta Army, "and "The Great Wall, " among others.

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Praise for "Attila": “Entertaining and lucid account of a phenomenal militarist unable to resist a crumbling empire’s vast, unprotected wealth.” —"Kirkus Reviews "“Full of military adventures and political maneuverings, Man's lively narrative provides a glimpse of a leader whose name has become synonymous with ruthlessness.” —"Publishers Weekly "“Man’s book is a highly readable account of a bellicose steppe people and their leader who, long after they departed from the West, continue to haunt the European imagination.” —"Library Journal "“One could not wish for a better storyteller or analyst than John Man. . . . His "Attila "is superb, as compellingly readable as it is impressive in its scholarship.” —Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of "Stalin"