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.
Yet another big chunk of history I didn't know about! And most the intelligent thing I can say after listening to this book is WOW!!! What a GUY!!
It is really hard to believe Ghengis Khan accomplished so much and improved the lives of so many in such a short time. This book could be used to study leadership, organizational behavior, public administration, military science, foreign policy, creative/critical thinking and the art of the deal!
The author helps bring the Khan's accomplishments into perspective by equating it to early America -- imagine a slave who rises to the top of American politics and military, "gently" incorporates everything from Canada to South America into the same system, invents an alphabet, a financial system, encourages education/literacy, values medical science and healing arts, supports orphans and widows,,, oh gosh! and a whole lot more! WOW!! What a GUY!!
What can I say? You don't understand history if you don't understand Genghis. Particularly you don't know Middle Age to Modern, Asian, Indian or Islamic history, the history of ideas and inventions, how fate saved Japan (similar to how the Spanish Armada was dashed). Did the West eventually stop his successors? More likely the black plague did.
This is a wonderful book indeed, based on some recently discovered archeological records (Secret Histories), since the Soviets left Mongolia. A stimulating and exciting tale, with plenty of variety.
A well written book with excellent naration that challenges the long-held belief that the Monguls were barbarians. I learned a lot though I think Weatherford pushes the case a bit too far that the Khans set the stage for the modern world.
Within my filtered and stilted education for matters historical, the Mongols were painted as a genuine barbarian horde. This retelling of the empire as the first great multinational trans-denominational corporation is fascinating! Even better, the story of the research itself is like a detective novella. This really helps me understand the torch that lit the bonfire of the Renaissance.
I'm not a huge history buff, so reading this was a bit of a leap for me, but I'm so glad I did! Fascinating information, well presented that left me saying'wow - I didn't know that!' & with that, wanting more. Gengis Khan shows from where our modern world evolved & how a single man intuitively understood a better way to live, war & die.
If you think Genghis Khan and the Mongols were just blood thirsty savages then read this book. While it has some historical inaccuracies and biased in favor of the Mongols it is very entertaining and covers their innovations which contributed to their success. In 25 years they transitioned from scattered tribes to a dominant empire that took over more land than the Romans achieved in 400 years. What surprised me was that unlike many other cultures of their time they did not condone torture and they allowed freedom of religion. Who knows how long their empire would have continued to grow if it were not for the plague.