Christopher Ross

Silent but Deadly

Ninja: 1,000 Years of the Shadow Warriors


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John Man used to drive a Mr Whippy ice-cream van, and for a year wrote a sex column for Time Out before being sacked for ‘unhelpful and often offensive’ suggestions. Naturally his next career move was to study Mongolian languages at SOAS and become an expert on ancient Mongol military history and the surging hordes of Genghis and Attila. He hotfooted it to Ulan Bator and the endless grasslands of the Mongolian steppe for field research, an enterprise that proved so successful that Man was awarded a Mongolian gong for advancing British–Mongolian relations. He is also an expert in philology, but not, so far as I can discover, able to speak or read Japanese.

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