Harold Lamb wrote a bunch of very readable and enjoyable historical biographies from the 1920s to ’60s, but is sadly not very well known today. He was an exemplar of a narrative style of popular history writing that seems to have fallen largely by the wayside, but does a great job of bringing people and places to life.

Babur the Tiger: First of the Great Moguls was the last book he wrote; somewhat ironically he considered it as part of a series with Genghis Khan and Tamerlane, which were the first two biographies he wrote. Babur actually wrote his own memoirs, and Lamb quotes from them extensively, making this volume unlike most of his other books, though no less filled with personalities and perhaps more high adventure than most.

Like any of his other books, this isn’t a detailed study, but it is a very good read, and well worth the time.