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McLynn, Frank

Works: 90 works in 532 publications in 7 languages and 20,964 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Biographies  Military history  Popular works  Trial and arbitral proceedings  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author
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Most widely held works by Frank McLynn
Wagons west : the epic story of America's overland trails by Frank McLynn( Book )

20 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in English and held by 1,622 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In all the sagas of human migration, few can top the drama of the journey by midwestern farmers to Oregon and California in the years 1840-49. Seeking the promised land, these travelers trekked two thousand miles by covered wagon from Missouri to their destinations on the Pacific coast. Although they used mountain men as guides, they went almost literally into the unknown, braving dangers from hunger, thirst, disease, drowning, and Native Americans. The early migrants got through only after Herculean efforts, but later in the decade complacency set in, and the result was disastrous, especially in the case of the Donner party, marooned in the snow and reduced to cannibalism. Using original diaries and memoirs, Frank McLynn underscores the incredible heroism and dangerous folly on the overland trails. His year-by-year narrative includes many thematic investigations: the events leading up to the opening of the trails, the wagons and animals used by the pioneers, the role of women, relations with Native Americans, and much else. The narrative builds to a climax with the dreadful tale of the Donner party but achieves closure with the triumphant story of Brigham Young and the Mormons. Sandwiched between the era of the fur trappers and the post-1849 gold fever, this account of the pioneering years in the overland trails abounds with high drama, tragedy, and triumph in the face of overwhelming odds. It also chronicles one of the principal chapters in the conquest of the North American continent, and the creation of the United States as we know it today
Villa and Zapata : a history of the Mexican Revolution by Frank McLynn( Book )

27 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in English and held by 1,455 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A history of the Mexican Revolution from the perspective of two of its leaders--Francisco "Pancho" Villa and Emiliano Zapata--traces the events of the conflict and the roles of its leaders
The Burma campaign : disaster into triumph, 1942-45 by Frank McLynn( )

18 editions published between 2010 and 2015 in English and Chinese and held by 1,389 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the protracted World War II campaign in Burma, discussing how the clash of the multiple personalities and strategies of the American and British generals contributed to early defeats and eventual victory for the allied powers
Robert Louis Stevenson : a biography by Frank McLynn( Book )

24 editions published between 1993 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Robert Louis Stevenson's extraordinary life had a formal structure like that of a hero in Greek myth. A difficult childhood in the care of a demon-haunted Calvinistic nurse and a battle of wills with his autocratic father were followed by marriage to a difficult woman from California. After valiant struggles with illness (in the form of a lung disease, probably tuberculosis), he returned to Scotland for reconciliation with his father, and on the patriarch's death left his native land forever to die prematurely in the South Seas." "In reasserting Stevenson's claims as a writer of genius and moral seriousness, Mr. McLynn emphasizes the many obstacles that stood in his path: his father, his poor health, the squeamishness of the Victorian reading public, and, most of all, the stresses imposed on him by his wife and stepchildren - stresses that materially contributed to his early death in 1894 at the age of forty-four. Above all, the author's life is a story of courage - not just the bravery to face Pacific hurricanes unblinkingly, but the moral strength required to wrestle with many conflicts simultaneously while daily facing possible death from his weak lungs."--Jacket
Richard and John : kings at war by Frank McLynn( )

9 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 1,239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents the larger-than-life characters of King Richard the Lionhearted and his "evil" brother, King John, as they crusaded, fought vicious wars in France, negotiated with the papacy, and engaged in dynastic intrigue against each other
Napoleon : a biography by Frank McLynn( Book )

27 editions published between 1997 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documents Napoleon's life and career, from his Corsican roots through the French Revolution and his military victories, to his defeat and imprisonment
Genghis Khan : his conquests, his empire, his legacy by Frank McLynn( Book )

9 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 1,201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Combining fast-paced accounts of battles with rich cultural background and the latest scholarship, Frank McLynn brings vividly to life the strange world of the Mongols, describes Temujin's rise from boyhood outcast to becoming Genghis Khan, and provides the most accurate and absorbing account yet of one of the most powerful men ever to have lived."--Provided by publisher
Carl Gustav Jung by Frank McLynn( Book )

37 editions published between 1996 and 2002 in 6 languages and held by 1,149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

His theories on alternative modes of thought have already fascinated generations and continue to appeal to new audiences
Captain Cook : master of the seas by Frank McLynn( Book )

12 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 1,144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The age of discovery was at its peak in the eighteenth century, with heroic adventurers charting the furthest reaches of the globe. Foremost among these explorers was navigator and cartographer Captain James Cook of the British Royal Navy. This biography reveals Cook's place in history as a brave and brilliant seaman
Marcus Aurelius : a life by Frank McLynn( Book )

9 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 997 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: Marcus Aurelius (121-180 AD) is one of the great figures of antiquity whose life and words still speak to us today, nearly two thousand years after his death. His Meditations remains one of the most widely read books from the classical world, and his life represents the fulfillment of Plato's famous dictum that mankind will prosper only when philosophers are rulers. Frank McLnn's Marcus Aurelius, based on all available original sources, is the definitive and most vivid biography to date of this monumental historical figure
1759 : the year Britain became master of the world by Frank McLynn( Book )

24 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and held by 913 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

History would have been different if not for the events of 1759. It was the fourth year of the Seven Years', or the French-and-Indian, War, and crucial victories against the French in the first truly global conflict laid the foundations of British supremacy throughout the world for the next hundred years. The defeat of the French not only paved the way for the global hegemony of the English language but also made the emergence of the United States possible. Guiding us through England's often extremely narrow victories in India, North America, and the Caribbean, McLynn controversially suggests that the birth of the British Empire was more a result of luck than of rigorous planning. McLynn includes anecdotes of the intellectual and cultural leaders of the day--Swedenborg, Hume, Voltaire--and sources ranging from the Vatican archives to oral histories of Native Americans.--From publisher description
Famous trials : cases that made history by Frank McLynn( Book )

8 editions published between 1995 and 2000 in English and held by 733 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines thirty-four notable trials from throughout history including those of Jesus, Joan of Arc, Adolf Eichmann, Socrates, and Nelson Mandela
Hearts of darkness : the European exploration of Africa by Frank McLynn( Book )

15 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 657 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

History of African exploration that discusses the obstacles to European progress in the "Dark Continent" and the technology used to overcome them
Stanley, the making of an African explorer by Frank McLynn( Book )

17 editions published between 1989 and 2004 in English and held by 586 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Focuses on the years 1841-1877 of Stanley's African explorations
The Jacobites by Frank McLynn( Book )

20 editions published between 1985 and 1988 in English and held by 546 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Charles Edward Stuart : a tragedy in many acts by Frank McLynn( Book )

18 editions published between 1988 and 1991 in 3 languages and held by 504 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Burton : snow upon the desert by Frank McLynn( Book )

12 editions published between 1990 and 1993 in English and held by 413 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biografie van de Britse ontdekkingsreiziger Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890), die voornamelijk in Afrika actief was, en daarnaast actief was als letterkundige, archeoloog en antropoloog
Heroes & villains : inside the minds of the greatest warriors in history by Frank McLynn( Book )

7 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and held by 394 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From a gladiator to a renegade conquistador to England's greatest warrior-king -- six men who changed the course of history. In the history of warfare, an elite group of men have attained legendary status through their courage, ambition, and unrivaled military genius. But many of these same men possessed deep personal character flaws. In Heroes and Villains acclaimed historian Frank McLynn focuses on six of the most powerful and magnetic leaders of all time: Spartacus, Attila the Hun, Richard the Lionheart, Cortes, Tokugawa Ieyasu and Napoleon. How did these mortal men rise to positions of seemingly invincible power? What were the motives, the personal strength, or more often weaknesses, that drove them to achieve what no one else dared? In six powerful portraits, McLynn brilliantly evokes the critical moments when each of these warriors proved his mettle in battle, changing their own lives, the destiny of their people, and in some cases, the history of the world. We discover what drove Spartacus to take on the might of Rome against seemingly impossible odds, and how the young Napoleon rose to power in dramatic fasion at the Siege of Toulon. Heroes and Villains is more than a collection of individual biographies. By examining the complex psychologies of these extraordinary men, Frank McLynn builds up a convincing profile of the ultimate warrior. - Jacket flap
Famous letters : messages & thoughts that shaped our world( Book )

3 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 384 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of 50 letters written by well-known men and women who have helped to influence the course of history. Each letter is supported by commentary providing historical background
France and the Jacobite rising of 1745 by Frank McLynn( Book )

9 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Wagons west : the epic story of America's overland trails
Villa and Zapata : a history of the Mexican RevolutionThe Burma campaign : disaster into triumph, 1942-45Robert Louis Stevenson : a biographyRichard and John : kings at warNapoleon : a biographyCarl Gustav JungCaptain Cook : master of the seasMarcus Aurelius : a life
Alternative Names
Frank McLynn British writer and historian

Frank McLynn Brits journalist (1941-)

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