I got this book on a recommendation and I never would have guessed how much I would enjoy it. It filled a huge gap in my understanding of world history and reversed misconceptions. After I finished the book I noticed the PDF of the family tree. I wish I had found that earlier. I also wish there had been a PDF glossary of frequently used words.
I may buy this book now in print so I can re-enjoy at leisure.
I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.
I found this a delightful surprise. It's a fascinating look at another empire and the making of one out of such a foreign world as the mongols. Quite eye opening.
It is astounding how the myths of an age can become so complicated over time and the intentional manipulation of political goals. This is truly an eye opener on one of the greatest empires that has existed and the many positive influences it has had on our modern societies.
Fascinating, I love hearing about the Mongols and how they overcame the world! It is like Darwin said, it is not the strongest that survives but that most adaptable to change. The Mongols were such a threat on the battlefield because they were the most mobile and adaptable to change.
This book not only covers what happened, but also explains how these events affected history. It is serious history without being dry. Some history writers are writing only for other historians. This book is accessible to amateurs without being to simple.
Yes I would. The book gave valuable insight to the Mongolian influence in shaping the world as we know it today. The book contains endless amounts of information.
Too much to tell in a short paragraph. From the birth of genghis to the fall of the Mongolian empire, to the modern world.
They were both captivating. I wanted to keep listening until the end.
The same as the title
A must read for anyone interested in history.
Don't need to. I have seen a 13 episode documentary on the Khan, but this book fleshed everything out for me. Very pitiful today that many people don't understand what influence the past has on us all. Should be required reading in high school.
All the contributions made by the Khan that affect our everyday lives like paper money,post offices, gun powder, public education, etc. a mind blower.
I always love to listen to a book read by people who have enthusiasm for the subject matter. When I begin to not notice the narrator but just the subject matter, that is a reflection of the quality of the reader. Just enjoyed the whole experience.
Too long. I listen to recorded books in spurts as I am doing somthing else. I listen in my car as well.
Wouldn't have been listening to this book until it was offered on sale. I am in a bit of a person in a rut when listening for pleasure. Nice tomhave my tree shaken occasionally.
I would listen again because it is easy to follow and intriguingly told. It is revealed in themes, rather than in strict chronological order, so it draws you in. I listen while at the gym, exercising my brain while I work on the body.
Jack Weatherford puts Mongolian history into perspective in an reasoned and logical way. The narrator Jonathan Davis breathes life into characters and an empire that other imperial nations have sought to diminish. I was completely ignorant of this area of history. The Mongol empire planted many seeds of liberal socialism for large communities which have been adopted in Europe and beyond.
The narration in this book was great. I admittedly skipped the section ready by the author as Jonathan Davis had done such a great job with the rest of the book. The ending of the book did lose a little focus I thought, but overall a great book about a subject I know little.
Hi. My name is Mann & I am an Enterprise Communications expert by profession. I have always loved reading books and primarily enjoy books on Finance, Science & Technology and History. I do hear an occasional Fictional book though I prefer to read them instead.
I like reading history as it teaches fill in so many blanks in our understanding. This book tells the story of world's greatest conqueror. We all have been largely mis-fed about Genghis Khan and Mongols in all. They have been showcased in the contemporary media as merciless conquerors with not civility. The books will surprise you with the progressive steps Mongols took under Genghis Khan's rule.
Some of the striking legacies of Genghis Khan's Mongol empire are:
- Segregating of state and religion
- Merit bases society and administration
- Supremacy of law. Even the ruler was subject to the same law under Mongol empire.
- Diplomatic immunity
- Secular society
- Paper based currency by Kublai Khan (Genghis Khan's grandson). He also unified the China as we know today.
And of course Mongols were supreme military strategist and warriors who conquered everything between China and central Europe.
I am following this book with Civilization, which furthers the story from 15'th century onwards and saw emergence of the West above the Asians.
Interestingly, the West drew heavily on Mongol innovations which ultimately triggered the Renaissance in Europe.
I loved the epilogue where the author kinda summarizes Genghis Khan's tale and the efforts put in collating all this information. The book spans across 3 centuries of Mongol empire and would have required immense amount of research to test the veracity of different interpretations.
I loved both of them. They brought to life such a remarkable story which is portrayed so wrongly in contemporary media.