His fascination just as greatly influenced his string of popular nonfiction histories, of which Genghis Khan was the first, written in Eventually his skill with nonfiction led to Cecil B. DeMille hiring him as technical advisor and screenwriters on several films. He paints a picture, in this novel at least, of Genghis Khan the man, rather than as simply a leader of Mongolian hordes.

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He attended Columbia University , where his interest in the peoples and history of Asia began. He got his start in the pulp magazines , quickly moving to the prestigious Adventure magazine, his primary fiction outlet for nineteen years. In he wrote a biography of Genghis Khan , and following on its success turned more and more to the writing of non-fiction, penning numerous biographies and popular history books until his death in in Rochester, N.

DeMille , who employed Lamb as a technical advisor on a related movie, The Crusades , and used him as a screenwriter on many other DeMille movies thereafter. His stories were well-researched and rooted in their time, often featuring real historical characters, but set in places unfamiliar and exotic to most of the western audience reading his fiction.

While his adventure stories had familiar tropes such as tyrannical rulers and scheming priests, he avoided the simplistic depiction of foreign or unfamiliar cultures as evil; many of his heroes were Mongolian, Indian, Russian, or Muslim.

Most of his protagonists were outsiders or outcasts apart from civilization, and all but a very few were skilled swordsmen and warriors. Those holding positions of authority are almost universally depicted as being corrupted by their own power or consumed with greed, be they Russian boyars or Buddhist priests, and merchants are almost always shown as placing their own desire for coin above the well-being of their fellow men.

While female characters occasionally played the familiar role of damsel in distress in these stories, Lamb more typically depicted his women as courageous, independent, and more shrewd than their male counterparts.

Lamb was never a formula plotter, and his stories often turned upon surprising developments arising from character conflict. The bulk of his Crusader, Asian, and Middle-Eastern stories as well as the latter stories of Khlit the Cossack were written in the latter portion of his pulp magazine years, and demonstrate a growing command of prose tools; the more frequent use, for example, of poetic metaphor in his description.

Cossack tales[ edit ] By far the largest number of these tales were short stories, novellas, and novels of Cossacks wandering the Asian steppes during the late 16th and early 17th century, all but a half-dozen featuring a set of allied characters. The most famous of these Cossack characters is Khlit , a greybearded veteran who survives as often by his wiles as his swordarm; he is a featured character in eighteen of the Cossack adventures and appears in a nineteenth.

He chooses to wander Asia rather than face forced "Cossack retirement" in a Russian monastery, and launches into an odyssey that takes him to Mongolia, China, and Afghanistan.

He comes to befriend and rely upon folk he has been raised to despise, and briefly rises to leadership of a Tartar tribe before he wanders further south. His greatest friend proves to be the swashbuckling Muslim swordsman, Abdul Dost, whom he aids in raising a rebellion against the Moghul emperor in Afghanistan. In later stories Khlit returns as a secondary character, an aged advisor to both his adventurous grandson, Kirdy, and other Cossack heroes featured in separate stories.

Durandal, published in , reprinted all three novels of Sir Hugh with new linking material. Grant Co. Related stories with occasional Crusaders are collected in Swords from the Desert Bison, Asian and Middle-Eastern tales[ edit ] Lamb also wrote a variety of stories featuring or narrated by Muslim, Mongol, or Chinese protagonists, set for the most part during the late 16th and early 17th centuries.

Naval Stories[ edit ] Lamb produced several stories of naval warfare with a historical setting. These included a number of fictions revolving around John Paul Jones in eighteenth century Russia. Very little was invented beyond known history. Lost World novels[ edit ] Lamb produced several fantasy novels featuring lost worlds. Howard described Lamb as one of his "favourite writers".


Genghis Khan: Emperor of All Men

Dogor Harold Lamb This short book gave me a general This book is very interesting and entertaining. He really follows what actually happened. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Books by Harold Lamb. The Wall Street Journal.


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