One of the most eye-opening books I've read in years. So much of what we thought we knew about Genghis Khan was flat wrong. His life and accomplishments, as revealed by recent discoveries brought to life in this book, place him among the great characters of history. Solid narration as well.
Yes, the book provides a perspective lost in the lore of Genghis Khan. Considered in my mind previously to be along the lines of Hitler or Stalin, he became much more human and pragmatic in how he approached his conquests.
I enjoyed the fact that Genghis Khan was a man who despite his mythical proportions had foibles and weaknesses of all men. I enjoyed the fact that he ruled with an iron fist, but was very fair in how he judged each person.
Well, I was struck by Genghis killing his brother to gain the power.
Great book. I had a change of perspective based upon my listening to this tale.
I am not usually a fan of historical books, but Jack Weatherford made the saga of Genghis Khan as fascinating as any mystery novel. It is simply amazing, the debt we owe to this little known Mongol civilization.
It was particularly interesting to me to learn about how Genghis incorporated into his "country" the best of the cultures that he defeated. He was always willing to learn from others.
This was a read from which I learned in an entertaining way so much that I had not previously known.
This is an interesting take of Ghengis Khan and his descendants. The author doesn't focus on the barbarian aspect of it, and seems to tone down the violence and slaughter that the Mongels are known for. I don't know that I fully believe it, but it was interesting and well done none-the-less.
I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to read a take on the greatest conqueror in world history.
I know enough to know, I don't know all I want to know...
From my general knowledge of the Khan's, I thought the book was rather neutral as it looked into the history of the family through several generations, and how they shaped what they 'touched'...
Basically, the book tries to give credit, where credit is due, but seems to have been 'washed away' through history...
and that is also something the book talks about...
No - Too Long..
Exhilarating. Compelling. Engrossing.
Gengis Khan's mother seems to be one of the most amazing women in history.
Just listen to this one. Even if you don't really like non-fiction-- it reads like an adventure novel. Probably one of the best audiobooks I've ever heard.
This is a good comprehensive book about the Mongol Empire. It does not just focus on Genghis Khan but the subsequent rulers of the Mongol Empire as well. Narration is great and entertaining. The only gripe I have is with the authors decision to emphasize the good that was accomplished by the Mongol empire and sort of gloss over the horrific violence and death that accompanied the good accomplishments. I recommend Dan Carlin's work on the Mongols for a counterbalance to this authors work. Overall though this is a great book and a great audio book. If your interested in this era of history at all I highly recommend.
Note: WTF is up with the DRM on the audiobook files and no mp3 format availability? Major gripe with audible. But has nothing to do with this book just audible in general.
I saw a rating of 3 stars by someone? Did you actually listen to it??? This is an amazing true story. Captivating from start to finish. Best read of the year so far.
I would listen to it again, mostly because its just a fascinating story.
Learning that largely all of modern understanding of "the Great Khan" is from anti-Asian writers of history, and misconception.
I have begun to see Genghis Khan's influence on our current world every where I look.
I enjoy the narrator as well as the story
It's amazing to me how really bad Genghis Kahn, and was not killed early in life.
There are certain people put on this earth, who can command such a very large group of others.