This is a historical novel of the Turkic conqueror Timur-i Lang (Tamerlane in the West). Countless novels concerning famous conquerors have been written (Alexander, Julius Caesar, Attila, and Genghis Khan) while Timur has been largely ignored. Based on historical accounts, this novel seeks to cover Timur's conquest of West, South, and Central Asia. While focusing on events from the distant past, the story still finds alarming echoes in current events. Until very recently, what contemporaries consider gratuitous violence was unfortunately a tactic of war, and the way of life. A consequential historical reality was that the fate of Asia was in much trouble as Timur solved numerous problems by decapitating his opponents and, per an eyewitness, erected giant pyramids of skulls. It was an effective technique to intimidate and deal with his adversaries.
"It's one thing to read in the abstract about Islam's doctrines of warfare against and subjugation of infidels and its systematic and institutionalized oppression of women -- but it's much more powerful, riveting and memorable to see these things actually happening, unfolding in people's lives. Martin Fruchtman's vivid and gripping historical novel Pyramid of Skulls offers just that kind of glimpse into these ghastly realities as they unfold in the lives of the Muslim conqueror Timur-i-Lang (Tamerlane) and those around him. Meticulously accurate and marvelously evocative, this novel brings to life what it really means for a society to encounter Islam in its fullness -- a message that 9/11 showed is just as relevant, if not more so, than it was in the days of Timur. Martin Fruchtman is to be commended for his keen eye for detail, his dramatic flair, and his clear commitment to the humane values that Timur and his ilk so callously cast aside."
- Pamela Geller, author, "Stop Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance" (WND Books) and "The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration's War On America" (Simon and Schuster). Editor, Publisher Atlas Shrugs, Executive Director AFDI/SIOA
“It's imaginative and fast paced …”
- Daniel Pipes, (PhD. from Harvard University). Pipes is President of the Middle East Forum, and author of more than 10 books on the Middle East.
About the Author
Martin Fruchtman was born in Los Angeles. He was President of International College of Technology and Business, and dean of the DVS College-Renji Hospital and University Consortium in Shanghai, China. Target information for this title: SKU: 9085988608 - Format: B&W 5 x 8 in or 203 x 127 mm Perfect Bound