Librarian, father, fantasy fool and tech enthusiasts.
I really like this "story". The book gives you in depth and satisfying overview.
This book transformed my image of the Mongols, from that of a band of purely warlike, destructive nomads, to a people often amazingly wise in their manner of ruling, respectful of knowledge they themselves did not possess, and willing to experiment to adapt that knowledge to enhance the power of their own methods.
This book convincingly depicts the Mongols as among the greatest, if not THE greatest, empire builders ever. Two facts: One, their empire covered a territorial extension more than twice as large as Alexander's, who I erroneously assumed had the largest. Two, the Mongols broke down cultural and political barriers among their constituent nations, promoting freer trade, scientific and cultural changes, and new, more equitable rules for spreading the wealth they helped generate broadly to the rural and lower income urban groups, based on merit, rather than birthright.
An essential book for anyone who wishes to gain a fuller understanding of the vast accomplishments of the Mongols, the true significance of their initial attempts to deal with Europe, and the post-Mongol campaign by Western historians and philosophers to distort and denigrate the Mongol legacy, Amply discusses the lasting changes they wrought, notably to the Chinese, Middle Eastern, and Russian societies.
Based on a Secret History of the Mongols discovered by the West in 1934, and published in definitive translation only in 2001. Also reflects the new insights gained from the opening of the Mongol heartland to Western scholars made possible by the fall of the Soviet Union, the first such access in 800 years!
I thoroughly recommend this book for anyone that enjoys learning about history. Gengis Khan is one of the great men of history, and most of us know nothing about it, so sit back, learn and enjoy.
A great story about a person I knew little about. I gained a new perspective on history and the development of the modern world.
A great book for understanding the connectivness of all people and civilizations East and West.
While I finished the book, and was satisfied with both it and the reader, I felt it had a few weaknesses as well.
The history the book covered was interesting, and new to me, and seemed to be drawn from a variety of primary and secondary source materials. While a bit dry, I never found myself bored.
But the title, "...and the Making of the Modern World" had led me to expect that this would be a stronger theme. Examples were certainly called out - Temujin promoting people based on merit rather than family ties, the empire's communication system, topics involving currency and mathematics - but I never felt we really "dug into" these innovations in a meaty and complete way, fully tracing them from their origins to their adoption by other peoples, and finally through to their long-term impact.
I'm all for setting the record straight on Mongol achievements, but I felt the title set me up with an expectation the book didn't fully deliver on. I was not expecting a straightforward history - good, but plain all the same.
I had only the foggiest notion of Genghis Khan before I started listening to this. It's a trip back into time into a place, a culture, a life so different from whar we know from Western history, that it gripped me from the start. Highly recommended
This book was one of the most interesting reads that I have ever undertaken. It unfolds to tell the world of the genius of Ghengis Khan. A great book! Enjoy the story!