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Man, John 1941-

Works: 168 works in 660 publications in 18 languages and 25,604 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Maps  Guidebooks  Military history  Autobiographies  Popular works  Atlases  Biographies  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Contributor, Creator, Author of introduction
Classifications: DK290.3.G67, B
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by John Man
Gutenberg : how one man remade the world with words by John Man( Book )

38 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in 8 languages and held by 1,464 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biography of the fifteenth-century German printer who revolutionized printing with the invention of movable type
The terra cotta army : China's first emperor and the birth of a nation by John Man( Book )

24 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 1,359 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The terra cotta army is one of the greatest, and most famous, archaeological discoveries ever made. Over eight thousand life-size figures of warriors and horses were interred in the mausoleum of the first emperor of China--and each figure is individually carved, perhaps representing real members of the emperor's army. Weaving together history and a first-hand account of his experience in China, John Man tells the fascinating story of how and why these astonishing figures were created in the third century BC. In doing so, he gives a vivid account of early China and the formation of its unique culture.--From publisher description
Attila : the Barbarian king who challenged Rome by John Man( Book )

24 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in 6 languages and held by 1,117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the life of Attila the Hun, focusing on his conflicts with the Roman Empire, his influence over the history of Europe, his image in the modern world, his reputation for savagery, and other related topics
Ninja : 1,000 years of the shadow warrior by John Man( Book )

17 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and Polish and held by 1,005 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Blends mythology and anthropology to trace the history of the warriors with extraordinary skills in combat, climbing, deception, disguise, and camouflage from their first appearance in feudal Japan to the present
Atlas of the year 1000 by John Man( )

30 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in 3 languages and held by 986 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shows empires, trade routes, military activity, etc. on all continents ca. 900-1100
Genghis Khan : life, death, and resurrection by John Man( Book )

31 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in 9 languages and held by 963 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Genghis Khan is one of history's immortals, alive in memory as a scourge, hero, military genius, and demigod. To Muslims, Russians, and westerners, he is a murderer of millions, a brutal oppressor. Yet in his homeland of Mongolia he is the revered father of the nation, and the Chinese honor him as the founder of a dynasty. In his so-called Mausoleum in Inner Mongolia, worshippers seek the blessing of his spirit. In a supreme paradox, the world's most ruthless conqueror has become a force for peace and reconciliation." "This is more than just a gripping account of Genghis's rise and conquests. John Man uses firsthand experiences in China and Mongolia to reveal the Khan's enduring influence. He has traveled the length of the empire. He spotlights the tension between Mongols and Chinese, who both claim Genghis's spirit. He is the first writer to explore the hidden valley where Genghis is believed to have died, and one of the few westerners to climb the mountain where he was likely buried." "This narrative paints a vivid picture of the man himself, the places where he lived and fought, and the passions that surround him still. For in legend, ritual, and intense controversy, Genghis lives on."--Jacket
Stay alive, my son by Pin Yathay( Book )

28 editions published between 1987 and 2005 in 4 languages and held by 916 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1975 the Khmer Rouge forced Phnom Penh's entire population into the countryside to undergo "re-education". Engineer and former government official Pin Yathay tells how his entire family died from malnutrition, fever and execution, and how, to escape to Thailand he and his wife had to abandon their six year-old son
Gorbachev : heretic in the Kremlin by Zhores A Medvedev( Book )

11 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 914 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses the character of Gorbachev, his influence in the Soviet Union, and that nation under his reforms
Samurai : the last warrior : a history by John Man( Book )

17 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 813 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Samurai, celebrated author John Man provides a unique and captivating look at their true history, told through the life of one man: Saigo Takamori, known to many as 'the last samurai.' In 1877, Takamori led a rebel army of samurai in a heroic 'last stand' against the Imperial Japanese Army, who sought to end the 'way of the sword' in favor of firearms and modern warfare."--Back cover
Alpha beta : how 26 letters shaped the Western world by John Man( Book )

18 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in English and Chinese and held by 795 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A survey on the history of letters runs a course from the first symbols pressed into clay tablets to the advent of the Internet
The survival of Jan Little by John Man( Book )

20 editions published between 1986 and 1993 in 3 languages and held by 786 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The inspiring story of a woman who survived alone in the Amazon jungle
The new traveler's atlas : a global guide to the places you must see in a lifetime by John Man( Book )

12 editions published between 1998 and 2007 in English and Dutch and held by 725 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a guide to forty-seven unique destinations on seven continents, including such natural and man-made sites as Branff National Park, Istanbul, Patagonia, Argentina, Varanasi, India, Kyoto, Japan, the Great Wall of China, and Iceland
Torvill & Dean : the autobiography of ice dancing's greatest stars by Jayne Torvill( Book )

10 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 538 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gobi : tracking the desert by John Man( Book )

3 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and held by 492 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Until recently the Gobi was seen as a wasteland of searing heat, polar cold and brutal sandstorms. For seventy years, it was all but barred to outsiders by Mongolia's position as a Soviet-dominated buffer-state between Russia and China, but as soon as communism collapsed, scientists and a few hardy travellers began to reveal the Gobi in all its diversity. For this book, John Man travelled between the Altai mountains in the west and the eastern plains, retracing the steps of early explorers, living with herdsmen, and drawing on the most recent scientific work, to create the first accessible portrait of this little known wilderness."--Jacket
The kings of El Dorado by Thomas Dickey( Book )

16 editions published between 1982 and 1989 in 4 languages and held by 486 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Text and lavish photographs present antiquities from the Chavin, Paracas, Moche, Inca, Chimu and Columbian Indian cultures that flourished in ancient Columbia and Peru
Marco Polo : the journey that changed the world by John Man( Book )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 477 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Draws on the author's own parallel journey and new archaeological findings to retrace the steps of the medieval Italian merchant who traveled from Venice, through the Middle East and Central Asia, to China and Xanadu, the summer capital of Kublai Khan
The Facts on file D-Day atlas : the definitive account of the Allied invasion of Normandy by John Man( Book )

5 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 473 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spine title: The D-Day atlas. Maps, photographs, and text trace the Normandy campaign from its conception to the destruction of the German forces and Allied liberation of Paris
Comets, meteors and asteroids by John Man( Book )

4 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 432 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Profiles the smaller, free-ranging bodies that circle the Sun, providing information on their origins, make-up, and the threat they pose to Earth
Saladin : the sultan who vanquished the crusaders and built an Islamic empire by John Man( Book )

4 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 297 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Saladin remains one of the most iconic figures of his age. As the man who united the Arabs and saved Islam from Christian crusaders in the twelfth century, he is the Islamic world's preeminent hero. A ruthless defender of his faith and brilliant leader, he also possessed qualities that won admiration from his Christian foes. But Saladin is far more than a historical hero. Builder, literary patron, and theologian, he is a man for all times, and a symbol of hope for an Arab world once again divided. Centuries after his death, in cities from Damascus to Cairo and beyond, to the Arabian Peninsula and the Gulf, Saladin continues to be an immensely potent symbol of religious and military resistance to the West. He is central to Arab memories, sensibilities, and the ideal of a unified Islamic state. John Man charts Saladin's rise to power, his struggle to unify the warring factions of his faith, and his battles to retake Jerusalem and expel Christian influence from Arab lands. Saladin explores the life and enduring legacy of this champion of Islam while examining his significance for the world today."--provided by
The Great Wall : [the extraordinary story of China's wonder of the world] by John Man( Book )

6 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and Polish and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Man travels the entire length of the Great Wall and across two millennia to find the truth behind the legends. Along the way, he delves into the remarkable and complex history of China--from the country's tribal past, through the war with the Mongols, right up to the modern day when the Great Wall is once more a commanding emblem of China, the resurgent superpower
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Gutenberg : how one man remade the world with words
Alternative Names
John Man British historian and travel writer

Mens, Džons 1941-

מאן, ג'ון 1941-

מן, ג'ון 1941-

맨, 존 1941-

マン, ジョン

マン, ジョン 1941-

The terra cotta army : China's first emperor and the birth of a nationAttila : the Barbarian king who challenged RomeAtlas of the year 1000Genghis Khan : life, death, and resurrectionStay alive, my sonGorbachev : heretic in the KremlinSamurai : the last warrior : a historyAlpha beta : how 26 letters shaped the Western world