This book illustrates the principle that not all received wisdom is correct, particularly when it comes to non-European history. Simply put, the Mongols were not the evil empire of their times (which lasts for several centuries.)
Read or listen, enjoy and learn. Worth a credit.
Yes. Is a long book but very well read.
Easy to hear and understand their pronunciation.
Discussion of governing principles and incorporation of various aspects of each culture group they conquered.
This book ranks in the top ten of audiobooks I've listened to so far.
The author kept is very praise-worthy research efforts in the background to the main messages of this enlightening biographical work, and never made himself the star of the investigation.
No, I like periodic "reading".
This is the warrior as he deserves to be understood in our modern times - a man who believed in a light footprint on the earth, the rule of law, religious tolerance, and many other notions we may mistakenly think found their roots elsewhere in history - specifically the West's history.
I had no idea the Mongul Empire was so vast and much more civilized than the histroy I had learned protrayed the Monguls.
I would definitely recommend this book for anyone interested in a different perspective on Asian culture and history.
The notion of the Mongols as a dirty band of marauders; an unfortunately rapacious blip on the screen of history was dispelled completely. I want to be a Mongol!
Genghis for his clarity of thought and his expansive view of the world. His ecumenical understanding and desire for peace, intellectual development and family ties above all.
Clear strong delivery Excellent pacing
I would take it from the interview..".Imagine that an illiterate slave became the leader of the modern world"
I think this should be required reading in public schools. Inspiring, enlightening and fascinating
Simply put, this is the most amazing history book ever! (well, maybe just behind Power, Faith, Fantasy: America in the Middle East 1776 to present; due to relevance today) I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as well as the narrator. History is usually dry and boring but both the author and narrator bring to life this amazing story.
Most importantly, we've all been taught little about the Mongol Empire and most of that is false. Please read/listen to this book and learn everything that I have. You will gain a respect for Genghis Khan, his decedents and their many accomplishments. You will then ask yourself how we've allowed misconceptions to perpetuate through time (I'm guilty myself).
Thanks to the secret history of Genghis Khan and Mr. Weatherford for his scrupulous research and presentation of that history. I immediately bought this book for my dad for Father's Day.
I live in Seattle. I write code. I listen when I'm out with the dog.
Genghis Khan was far more civilized than most Europeans of his age. He was just a much better military strategist.
Essential for a non-Eurocentric view of world history.
Jack Weatherford carefully researched Genghis Khan from the perspective of the Mongols. His revisionist history crediting Genghis for separation of Church and State, Diplomacy and the birth of the Renaissance seems to take the historical narritive too far. Having said that, the conventional depiction of the Mongol empire as a ravishing dark chaotic evil hoard needed poking. A very compelling narrative that reads like a novel. The truth is more compelling than fiction. Great read
An avid audio fan, I listen mainly whilst walking my dog. I enjoy many and varied subjects,history,travel,espionage,crime,anything good
I am not really sure how I feel about this book.I did enjoy listening,and the narration was good.But I don't know whether this was a scholarly work,or a popular one.
There are lots of dates,names of exotic people and places,but I still don't know enough about the Mongols.
I do not feel that the author really proved Genghiz Khans' having "made" the modern world.If we accept the authors interpretation,then he certainly was very enlightened,and revolutionary in his politics,law-making etc., but then again so were so many others on the stage of world history.
I did very much enjoy the epilogue and afterword,which were narrated,I think.by the author.
All in all,worth listening to,but I feel that something was missing in order to get me inspired by Genghiz Khan
This audio book really opened my eyes to a figure in history that I knew of but overlooked. The more I listened, the more I was in awe of his accomplishments. I had no idea how influential the Mongol civilization was on world history.
Perhaps the best part was at the end when the author educates the listeners as to why Mongol history has been so marginalized in the west.