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I feel that in this book Attila is just a unifying topic, and the book itself is about the author s narrator s quest to learn about Attila, during which he explores different topics such as literature barely or not at all connected to Huns , travels different places, meets different people etc I would imagine this book as a voice over of some National Geographic series, accompanied by visuals and interviews But as a written narrative about Attila it leaves something to be desired.There s pr I feel that in this book Attila is just a unifying topic, and the book itself is about the author s narrator s quest to learn about Attila, during which he explores different topics such as literature barely or not at all connected to Huns , travels different places, meets different people etc I would imagine this book as a voice over of some National Geographic series, accompanied by visuals and interviews But as a written narrative about Attila it leaves something to be desired.There s probably not that much information about the Hunnish war chief and that little is presented in this book quite lively and eloquently I loved the story of the failed assassination plot Attila definitely had a sense of drama And the sometimes ironic voice of the narrator gave some distance and informality The possible connections of Huns and Xiongnu were explored in detail, but it was ok, because I learned a lot and it had a direct connection to the topic.Not every sidetracking felt as relevant, however The chapter The Return of the Mounted Archer only talks about actual Huns for a couple of pages and the rest of the chapter is dedicated to a present day Hungarian guy who decided to revive mounted archery I get how he would be useful in understanding Hunnish battle technique, but do we really need to read about the Hungarian guy s childhood, his piercing blue eyes, and hear his life wisdom It s by no means a bad book I d like to see it as a documentary featuring the author but the Attila himself somehow fades into background here This work was disappointing I would have liked a lotinformation on Attila, the man and person Most of the writing wasof a war history during the time and not a true biography on Attila the man.The first 40% of the book is a three chapter historical introduction that doesn t even deal with Attila at all I understand the need for a brief history lesson to put things in perspective and to let the reader know how things and people came into place But 120 pages of just a 300 page book This work was disappointing I would have liked a lotinformation on Attila, the man and person Most of the writing wasof a war history during the time and not a true biography on Attila the man.The first 40% of the book is a three chapter historical introduction that doesn t even deal with Attila at all I understand the need for a brief history lesson to put things in perspective and to let the reader know how things and people came into place But 120 pages of just a 300 page book is ridiculous There is also an entire chapter that deals with a person currently living in Hungary who has mastered the art of the mounted archer on horseback that made Attila s warriors so successful But what does this have to do with Attila And the last two chapters is an aftermath following Attila s death.For a person with such a brutal reputation, there is hardly any of that in this book And it is almost as though his legend as such a savage barbarian is misunderstood.Could have been much better than it was Hey there, I am a historical non fiction about Attila the Hun I might seem like a good read for those military historical buffs who want to get an insight into the general who brought Rome to her knees, but don t be fooled I will spend 400 pages talking about pretty much everything else except the person who is titled on this book Why do I do this Because there is not a lot of information on him Oh, don t worry, I am are going to talk a lot about the lack of information I will even dedicat Hey there, I am a historical non fiction about Attila the Hun I might seem like a good read for those military historical buffs who want to get an insight into the general who brought Rome to her knees, but don t be fooled I will spend 400 pages talking about pretty much everything else except the person who is titled on this book Why do I do this Because there is not a lot of information on him Oh, don t worry, I am are going to talk a lot about the lack of information I will even dedicate an entire chapter about some dude in Hungary who has brought back horseback archery, because I think that says a lot about Attila.Parts of the book are decent in terms of Hun history including how the term was used to describe Germans in WW1 , but that s about it John Man, you always entertain us yet this time you fail us.Both contemporary chroniclers and the archeological record are too meagre to fill a book on Atilla, so what do we get Fifty years of late Roman history, that s a good context for Flavius Aetius A vivid reconstruction of what it s like to be on the receiving end of a Hun archery volley, that s promising for his showdown at the Catalaunian Plains Man fails to deliver on the military history Also, some of the filler is of questionable John Man, you always entertain us yet this time you fail us.Both contemporary chroniclers and the archeological record are too meagre to fill a book on Atilla, so what do we get Fifty years of late Roman history, that s a good context for Flavius Aetius A vivid reconstruction of what it s like to be on the receiving end of a Hun archery volley, that s promising for his showdown at the Catalaunian Plains Man fails to deliver on the military history Also, some of the filler is of questionable rapport to the biographical sketch of Attila 18th century theories on the Turkish Mongolian origins of the Hun deliver us in Man s favorite country to look at mounds that predate the Hun by a thousand years I do like his encounter with Lajos Kassai, who gives a unique insight into the art of mounted archery yet in the end, it failed to dofor Atilla than a not quite He had the charisma of the natural leader His people were sucked into a vortex of plunder because A pastoral nomads can NOT survive without the wood or metal obtained by trading beyond the grasslands B Humans are lazy they grow to appreciate the portable luxuries of civilisation Those white teethed children are as short on vitamin C as on sugar.C leadership depends on booty and expansion Again and again and again Until you ravage the proverbial cow dry and hit a wall too sturdy for your arrows.So, the Huns weren t as succesful as the Mongols and Atilla was no Djengiz But for all the reasoning, Man never drives the comparison home What was the missing element I am sorry but this book have not earned the paper which it has been printed Since I am Hungarian you know H Ngarian I think it is a pure and insidious reviling about me and my people.Beside my feelings this John MAN has not the slightest idea of the history of H ns.firts of all He was called A T I L L A , not A T T I L A.What he and you all in Western Europe know about the H ns and Atilla is filtered through Jordanes works He was a Vizygot writer whose people were real murderers, I am sorry but this book have not earned the paper which it has been printed Since I am Hungarian you know H Ngarian I think it is a pure and insidious reviling about me and my people.Beside my feelings this John MAN has not the slightest idea of the history of H ns.firts of all He was called A T I L L A , not A T T I L A.What he and you all in Western Europe know about the H ns and Atilla is filtered through Jordanes works He was a Vizygot writer whose people were real murderers, plunderers and rapists You know nothing about the Byzantine writer, Rhaetor Priscus Priskos who was contemporary emissary of the Byzantian Empire and had a long report about the Hunnic Great King Unfortunately, this report was lost but its fragment were re written along the centuries H ns have never been barbarians , nor nomads nor uncultured people.We have invented too much things and technics for the sake of provement shirt with buttons, trousers, wheel, stirrup, soap, fast food soup from grinded meat powder, composite bow similar to nowadays AK 47 , special cuneiform writing ROV S now called Hungarian Runic writing in EU which is the predecessor of all the Runic writings and latin alphabet.So, our culture is old, very old.Similarly, Atilla hadn t came from the Nowhere he had predecessors, too The Great H n Empire originated from the Carpathian Basin Ist centre and the Turfan Basin IInd centre in Asia so called China s ancient mummies , now UYGHURIA or China s Xingchian province The Empire has a Heavenly King tan hu, kaiser, caesar who ruled by his aides the Right Hand Great King and the Left Hand Great King The European H ns were the Left Hand, so Atilla s great grandfather Balamb r had defeated the Alans between 350and 360 A.D Eastern Goths in 374 A.D and the Western Goths Alans and Western Goths became fugitives and escaped to today s Spain Cataluna and France.The next Heavenly King was Karaton, then Uldin and after him Rua who was Atilla s uncle These three had RE conquered the European Continent, exterminating a degenerated Greek Roman state in these times these were Byzantium and the Western Roman Empire and were WELCOMED by the locals every where These were the Time of the Birth of the Nations at the H n s example many tribes connected themselves to the Hunnic Empire as a respected, tolerated not persecuted because of its culture religion or habits and welcomed ALLIES to the Great Nation of Nimrud It is fact.When Atilla the LeftHand Great King and his brother Buda his name is the same as the White Hunnic prophet Buddha prononciation is the same Buda became the Right Hand Great King for the Asian H ns.So, there were NO fratricide in the House of Kings After Buda s death mybe he had fallen in a campaign against Persia Atilla had risen to the title of Heavenly King Kaiser,caesar.There was NO BATTLE at Catalaunum, because that was at Campus Mariacus The H ns at the middle and their allies Eastern Goths, Gepids at left wing and Sarmatians right wing and faced Roman army Aetius Roman left wing , Sangiban Alannic king at the center and Theoderich dux with his Western Goths on the Roman right The Hunnic center simply grinded Alan troops to dust.Then, the eastern Goths defeated their Western cousins, killing Theoderich at that time Theoderich tree sons debated over leadership and the Western Goths Vizygoths simply left the battlefield Aetius, suddenly finding hgimself alone also retreated and Atilla have awaited some kind of emissary from his adversaries to give the Roman s surrender There were NONE The Roman army disbanded, left without a trace, so the H ns retreated to their camp and one division one tuman or t m ny 10.000 warrior on horse with composite bows and warhammers secured the whole area.H ns had NEVER lost at Campus Mariacus catalaunum , because next year in 452 they had stormed Aquileia, ruined the city its inhabitants escaped to the sea and founded Venice and accepted the surrender of the Pope of Roma So, the H ns never stormed Rome, nor destroyed it.In this way I think mr John Man is not just a bad scientist of history and intentional betrayer but a LIAR and a traitor to History.best wishes Atilla For a decade or so, this book has glared down at me from its shelf I imagined it would be deep and factual, in an intimidating way, mired in received wisdom something I really ought to read How wrong I was The author deconstructs the established truths about Attila, and Hun history, and builds it back up again, in front of our eyes There are so many empty spaces and non sequiturs in the standard text, that it takes a real expert, one with imagination and flair, to put this story together For a decade or so, this book has glared down at me from its shelf I imagined it would be deep and factual, in an intimidating way, mired in received wisdom something I really ought to read How wrong I was The author deconstructs the established truths about Attila, and Hun history, and builds it back up again, in front of our eyes There are so many empty spaces and non sequiturs in the standard text, that it takes a real expert, one with imagination and flair, to put this story together And he does a great job, drawing from personal experience, deep research, and also practical insights the guy in Hungary who taught himself how to be an archer, how to ride a horse, and then how to be an expert horseback archer which is fundamental to a revaluation of how effective Hun battle techniques were Not just the story of Attila, not just a mapping of the Huns, but also a fresh eyed account of the collapse of the Roman Empire, and ultimately food for thought for anyone contemplating the present world order.Hugely entertaining, very insightful I can t believe it took me so long to open this book An absolutely awful book John Man manages to strains even the loosest definition as he asserts himself into the role Whereas most historians utilize things such as evidence, sources, and logic, John Man instead uses conjecture, speculation, and Fiction I was left unsure if Man is either deceitful or oblivious He seems to completely misunderstand a host of sources the most egregious to me being the bizarre view he took away from the poem Waltharius this in conjunction with his penchant for An absolutely awful book John Man manages to strains even the loosest definition as he asserts himself into the role Whereas most historians utilize things such as evidence, sources, and logic, John Man instead uses conjecture, speculation, and Fiction I was left unsure if Man is either deceitful or oblivious He seems to completely misunderstand a host of sources the most egregious to me being the bizarre view he took away from the poem Waltharius this in conjunction with his penchant for ahistorical misuse of words left me amazed that this book was ever published On a purely historical level, this book was poor I just want to mention the oddity that is a chapter that is devoted to his crush on a Hungarian archery teacher This book gave me fits I bought it because Attila is a minor character in a couple of my books set in 5C Imperial Rome and I wantedinformation on his background just for my personal education The author has a degree in history and has written several other narrative histories which I take as writing for a general audience very few footnotes andconversational style In that he succeeded However he made lots of minor mistakes in his Roman history Easily checked things such as This book gave me fits I bought it because Attila is a minor character in a couple of my books set in 5C Imperial Rome and I wantedinformation on his background just for my personal education The author has a degree in history and has written several other narrative histories which I take as writing for a general audience very few footnotes andconversational style In that he succeeded However he made lots of minor mistakes in his Roman history Easily checked things such as reversing the birth order of Empress Placidia s children with Constantius actually daughter Honoria the oldest, son Valentinian second Man also said that Aetius defeated General Boniface at Rimini with Hunnish troops Actually General Aetius led regular Roman troops in his rebellion at Rimini and was defeated by Boniface If he got so many Roman facts wrong, how accurate was he with the Hunnish history I don t know and that s what troubles me I would have given this book a single star, but it was written for a general audience and such small things as birth order wouldn t detract from a normal reader s enjoyment of the book, but researchers should look elsewhere I prize accessibility almost as much as scholarly accuracy in historical monographs Readers of my reviews have heard me rail time and time again against the turgidity of academic writing, which renders even monumental works useless due to their failure to win an audience This is not a problem for Man, whose background as a travel writer shines through He breaks every academic rule, engaging in tangents and flights of fancy, chasing rabbits down holes and building castles in the air, injecting I prize accessibility almost as much as scholarly accuracy in historical monographs Readers of my reviews have heard me rail time and time again against the turgidity of academic writing, which renders even monumental works useless due to their failure to win an audience This is not a problem for Man, whose background as a travel writer shines through He breaks every academic rule, engaging in tangents and flights of fancy, chasing rabbits down holes and building castles in the air, injecting his opinion at every possible opportunity But it works because Man layers this over an impeccable command of Jordanes, Marcellinus, Procopius and the rest of the sources, so that the reader winds up feeling like their in a conversation over a beer with a likable guy regarding Attila s life and impact, instead of being lectured by yet another crusty old white dude.There is precious little secondary scholarship in English a ton in Hungarian on Attila, and I m thrilled that one of the few contributions to the field is something that everyone , especially the academically uninitiated, can enjoy `KINDLE ↡ Attila the Hun ↚ The name Attila the Hun has become a byword for barbarism, savagery and violence His is a truly household name, but what do we really know about the man himself, his position in history and the world in which he lived This riveting biography reveals the man behind the mythIn the yearsAD the fate of Europe hung upon the actions of one man, Attila, king of the Huns The decaying Roman empire still stood astride the Western World, from its twin capitals of Rome and Constantinople, but it was threatened by a new force, the much feared Barbarian hordes It was Attila who united the Barbarian tribes into a single, amazingly effective army He launched two violent attacks against the eastern and western halves of the Roman empire, attacks which earned him his reputation for mindless devastation, and brought an end to Rome s pre eminence in EuropeAttila was coarse, capricious, arrogant, ruthless and brilliant An illiterate and predatory tribal chief, he had no interest in administration, but was a wily politician, who, from his base in the grasslands of Hungary, used secretaries and ambassadors to bring him intelligence on his enemies He was a leader whose unique qualities made him supreme among tribal leaders, but whose weaknesses ensured the collapse of his empire after his death