Genghis Khan was the founder of the Mongol empire, the largest continuous land empire in human history. On his death in 1227, this empire extended from the Near East to the Yellow Sea, & was expanded by his successors to include what is now Iran, Iraq & southern Russia. By 1206, Genghis Khan had completed the unification by conquest of all the tribes of Mongolia & was acclaimed as universal Khan. He then launched his assault on northern China. Peking was captured in 1215, & the Chin were finally subjugated by Genghis's successors in 1234. This is his definitive biography. Paul Ratchnevsky, one of the greatest historians of the Mongols, draws upon Mongol, Chinese, Persian & European sources to provide a penetrating, balanced & highly readable account of the life & works of one of the greatest conquerors in world history.