WorldCat Identities

Man, John 1941-

Works: 248 works in 869 publications in 14 languages and 26,236 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Biographies  Maps  Military history  Guidebooks  Popular works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Creator, Contributor, Author of introduction
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by John Man
The terra cotta army : China's first emperor and the birth of a nation by John Man( Book )

31 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,938 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
Stay alive, my son by Pin Yathay( )

30 editions published between 1987 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 1,886 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
Alpha beta : how 26 letters shaped the Western world by John Man( )

9 editions published between 2000 and 2006 in English and held by 1,277 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
Attila : the Barbarian king who challenged Rome by John Man( Book )

15 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and held by 1,040 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
Gutenberg : how one man remade the world with words by John Man( Book )

7 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and held by 998 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biography of the fifteenth-century German printer who revolutionized printing with the invention of movable type
Genghis Khan : life, death, and resurrection by John Man( Book )

48 editions published between 2004 and 2016 in 11 languages and held by 930 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
Gorbachev : the path to power by Christian Schmidt-Häuer( Book )

11 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 880 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ninja : 1,000 years of the shadow warrior by John Man( Book )

6 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 807 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
The survival of Jan Little by John Man( Book )

23 editions published between 1986 and 1993 in 3 languages and held by 735 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The inspiring story of a woman who survived alone in the Amazon jungle
Atlas of the year 1000 by John Man( )

7 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 709 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shows empires, trade routes, military activity, etc. on all continents ca. 900-1100
Saladin : the sultan who vanquished the crusaders and built an Islamic empire by John Man( Book )

8 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 563 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
Samurai : the last warrior : a history by John Man( Book )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 541 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
Marco Polo : the journey that changed the world by John Man( Book )

5 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and held by 521 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
Searching for the Amazons : the real warrior women of the ancient world by John Man( Book )

5 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and held by 483 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Since the time of the ancient Greeks we have been fascinated by accounts of the Amazons, an elusive tribe of hard-fighting, horse-riding female warriors. Equal to men in battle, legends claimed they cut off their right breasts to improve their archery skills and routinely killed their male children to purify their ranks. For centuries people believed in their existence and attempted to trace their origins. Artists and poets celebrated their battles and wrote of Amazonia. Spanish explorers, carrying these tales to South America, thought they lived in the forests of the world's greatest river, and named it after them. In the absence of evidence, we eventually reasoned away their existence, concluding that these powerful, sexually liberated female soldiers must have been the fantastical invention of Greek myth and storytelling. Until now. Following decades of new research and a series of groundbreaking archeological discoveries, we now know these powerful warrior queens did indeed exist. In Searching for the Amazons, John Man travels to the grasslands of Central Asia--from the edge of the ancient Greek world to the borderlands of China--to discover the truth about the truth about these women whose legend has resonated over the centuries."--Publisher's description
The Facts on file D-Day atlas : the definitive account of the Allied invasion of Normandy by John Man( Book )

6 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 459 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
The kings of El Dorado by Thomas Dickey( Book )

9 editions published between 1982 and 1985 in English and held by 448 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
Comets, meteors and asteroids by John Man( Book )

6 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 389 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
The Gutenberg revolution : the story of a genius and an invention that changed the world by John Man( Book )

22 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 363 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1450, all Europe's books were handcopied and amounted to only a few thousand. By 1500, they were printed and numbered in their millions. The invention of Johann Gutenberg had caused a revolution: printing by movable type. Born in 1400 in Mainz, Germany, Gutenberg struggled against a background of plague and religious upheaval to bring his remarkable invention to light. His story is full of paradoxes: his ambition was to reunite all Christendom, but his invention shattered it; he aimed to make a fortune, but was cruelly denied the fruits of his life's work. Yet history remembers him as a visionary; his discovery marks the beginning of the modern world
Walk! : It could change your life : a handbook by John Man( Book )

1 edition published in 1979 in English and held by 343 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The new traveler's atlas : a global guide to the places you must see in a lifetime( Book )

4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 327 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
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Audience level: 0.22 (from 0.06 for The Great ... to 0.91 for Man & Moru ...)

The terra cotta army : China's first emperor and the birth of a nation
Stay alive, my sonAlpha beta : how 26 letters shaped the Western worldAttila : the Barbarian king who challenged RomeGutenberg : how one man remade the world with wordsGenghis Khan : life, death, and resurrectionGorbachev : the path to powerAtlas of the year 1000The Facts on file D-Day atlas : the definitive account of the Allied invasion of Normandy
Alternative Names
John Man British historian and travel writer

John Man historiador británico

John Man storico e scrittore britannico

Man Jonn

Mens, Džons 1941-

Мэн Джон

מאן, ג'ון 1941-

מן, ג'ון 1941-

맨, 존 1941-

マン, ジョン

マン, ジョン 1941-