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Khubilai Khan's Lost Fleet

January 2009

“Delgado, a marine archaeologist, makes the point that Japanese archaeologists and scholars have excavated and analyzed the submerged battlefields of Khubilai Khan’s two great Mongol invasion attempts on Japan, in 1274 and 1281, challenging legends and rewriting history, but that very little of it has reached the English-speaking world. …Dredging not only the sea but also historical records, Delgado tells us something new – some of it speculative but most of it richly authentic – about a great nautical adventure.”

The Times (UK), Jan 24, 2009
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Khubilai Khan's Lost Fleet

Khubilai Khan's Lost Fleet

January 2009

“Dismissed as legend for centuries, the story of the lost Mongol fleet has finally been confirmed. Author James Delgado, president of the Institute of Nautical Archeology, takes you on his dives to the wrecked ships buried in centuries of mud. He investigates the nature of the Mongol’s catastrophe and the Japanese victory, and how these events shaped the history of Japan.”

History Magazine, Jan 20, 2009
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Khubilai Khan's Lost Fleet

January 2009

“James Delgado does a splendid job as a cultural historian in showing how the legend of a brave but doomed defence, supported by the intervention of the gods, shaped national identity over seven centuries.”

The Tablet (UK), Jan 17, 2009
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Khubilai Khan's Lost Fleet

Khubilai Khan's Lost Fleet

January 2009

“[Delgado] is an entertaining storyteller, and in this new book he regales us with the tale of the fleet that Khubilai Khan sent to invade Japan. It’s a book about hubris, a divine wind, and a terrible defeat, and it’s packed with fascinating details.”

Archaeology.org, Jan 13, 2009
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Khubilai Khan's Lost Fleet

January 2009

Khubilai Khan’s Lost Fleet… zeros in on the Japan attacks… Why one of history’s most formidable, successful warrior races flopped has spurred much debate. …Digging under the surface, Delgado… audits evidence ranging from sunken ships to hand-painted scrolls. In his verdict, which acknowledges that nothing in his field is certain, he surmises that typhoons along could not explain the Mongols’ defeat. …Delgado charts how the Japanese belief that heaven saved them twice blossomed into a myth that no invaders could conquer their sacred soil.”

Oh My News.com, Jan 13, 2009
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Khubilai Khan's Lost Fleet

May 2008

"James Delgado is one of the world's preeminent marine archeologists; he's also a terrific writer, and Khubilai Kan's Lost Fleet is a fascinating adventure tale packed with insights into a maritime empire about which most Westerners know almost nothing." —Nathaniel Philbrick, author of The New York Times bestseller

May 13, 2008
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