The first impression given is one of the sheer monstrosity of war and the methods of conquests used to bring territory and dominion. Timur's story is one of rapid rise through the ranks, a very fortunate marriage and consummate strategy application throughout his lifelong career. There is the definite sense that methods notwithstanding, Timur ranks as one of the "Three Great Conquerors", along side Alexander the Great and Ghengis Khan. Mr. Marozzi's deft use of historical narrative and a more contemporary travel narrative, brings new horizons to understanding Timur the man, as well as the legacy Timur left and how it has faired in the world.
It is of particular value to have the contemporary viewpoint and experience of Mr. Marozzi in understanding how people in Uzbekistan and other countries respond to the name of Timur. The maps and other helps draw out further ideas about Timur, his accomplishments, his crimes and his place in history. An impressive book, that was very interesting to read.