The largest empire the world has ever known. A genius general of a Mongol horde that raped, pillaged, and burned its way across China, Central Asia, and all the way to the Atlantic. But most people know precious little about Genghis Khan other than the face that he was a successful warrior, a brutal subjugator of his enemies, and, perhaps, the progenitor of millions of people.

The great historian Frank McLynn has tacked this enigmatic figure of history in his latest book. It is well worth the read. McLynn did his book justice in this recent interview.