Books by Frank McLynn

GENGHIS KHAN by Frank McLynn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 14, 2015

"Thoroughly researched, grim, grisly, and sometimes even grudgingly admiring."
A prolific historian, biographer, and journalist returns with a sanguinary and thorough account of "the greatest conqueror the world has ever known." Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 2011

"Clumsily managed, the Burma campaign was also a sideshow that contributed little to Japan's defeat, but McLynn's fiercely partisan judgments and lucid accounts of both military and political bloodletting provide a thoroughly satisfying experience."
A highly opinionated history of the bloody, half-forgotten World War II jungle campaign. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 25, 2009

"The book lacks a coherent theme, but the biographies are a cut above popular middlebrow history."
Intelligent but abridged lives of six accomplished military leaders. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"A zealous attack on a jam-packed moment of world change. (Maps and 16 pp. illustrations, not seen)"
Prolific pop historian McLynn (Wagons West, 2003, etc.) covers the Birth of the British Empire in selective detail, restricting his expansive narrative to one year of geopolitics and military exploits. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Only marginally useful for general readers, and likely to be dismissed by specialists and knowledgeable buffs."
Detailed, intermittently interesting, but finally unrewarding study of America's 19th-century overland expansion from (perhaps too) prolific biographer/historian McLynn (Napoleon, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >
VILLA AND ZAPATA by Frank McLynn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"All in all, an amateurish entry in a literature already dominated by outstanding professional work."
Villa rides again, but this horse limps. Read full book review >
CARL GUSTAV JUNG by Frank McLynn
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 28, 1997

A thorough and often critical biography of the second most important figure in 20th-century psychology (the first of two Jung biographies due out this fall). Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"Nonetheless, Stevenson's charm is visible in every letter and essay quoted in this noteworthy biography. (16 pages b&w photos)"
In time for the centenary of Stevenson's death, this weighty biography ballasts the romantic version of his life, from his wild youth in Edinburgh to his exile in Samoa, with an integrated appreciation of Scotland's best writer. Read full book review >
Released: May 14, 1993

"Except for those Freudian shadows, much bright light on the Dark Continent."
An eye-opening safari into the history and psychobiography of African exploration. Read full book review >
BURTON by Frank McLynn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1991

"Edward Rice's best-selling Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton (1990). (Eight pages of b&w illustrations, four maps.)"
Graceful, psychologically astute portrait of the enigmatic author/scholar/explorer who was one of the first Christians to enter Mecca, discovered Africa's Lake Tanganyika, and translated such masterpieces as the Kama Sutra and The Arabian Nights. Read full book review >