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.
The material is great, and enhanced by the narration. I had no idea Genghis Khan was this interesting!
This audiobook is well worth a credit! Both the narrative and narration very well done and the book is full of very interesting details of history.
My only criticism would be that this book talks about Genghis Khan as well as his sucessors. THe title led me to believe that this would be a book about him entirely. Also, there is little mention on the impact that he had on the Modern world, also as the title suggests. That said, I have been left with a more complete picture of the Khan Dynasty because the author wrote the book this way. These two things aside I still enjoyed the book and recommend it to all.
Other reviews sold this to me as non-fiction written in so engaging a manner as to beggar belief. The historical figures are brought to life and the Mongol cultural revelations are shattering!
Right. I now suspect these reviewers also enjoy curling up with a good technical manual after a long day.
Actually, that may not be fair. I enjoy fascinating and didactic non-fiction, but I think this has taught me that it's got to be a subject for which I have a predilection. For me, the book seemed dry. Perhaps if you enjoy anthropology...
A thorough, easy to understand biography of one of the most important figures in history. Not really very much information on the 'Making of the modern world' part. The ideals the author credits Temujin and his successors with are abstractions that come from a very idealized view of the culture.While the Mongols have an excessive reputation for brutality, they were not the noble and fair-minded people the author would have you believe either.
No. The writing is drab and he shows incredible bias in his opinions.
The biography is very lop-sided and presents an incredibly biased view of all the positive things about the Mongol culture. It ignores or minimizes many of the negative aspects of their way of life.
An avid reader, who also loves to listen.
I absolutely loved this book and overall, I thought the book just got better and better as the book went on. Very interesting!
I really, really wanted to like this book. I tried to listen to it several times and finally, after making it through the first half, simply gave up. The author obviously has a lot of respect for what Genghis Khan achieved but that -- at least in the first half -- spills over into unchecked admiration. Perhaps that is necessary to balance the accounts after centuries of bad mouthing the Mongols' conquests and campaign, but I think it goes overboard.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
Weatherford did an amazing job in covering a vast amount of history that was poorly recorded before. It is good to see a lot of the misinformation about the Moguls corrected. Jonathan Davis did a good job narrating the book. My only complaint is that Weatherford repeated information to many times. Once or twice helps it stay in the brain but more than that gets irritating.
Over all a good story.
Thrilling, fascinating, enlightening
The founding of the city Beijing
The reference to sources providing legitimacy of the text
I am reminded that early human history is my most favorite topic and it is becoming a passion.
Mongols kick ass!!!
Genghis Khan, OF COURSE. Here is a guy who begins with *nothing*, absolutely nothing, and goes on to conquer more territory than any other human being in history. Along the way he bans slavery, implements freedom of religion, abolishes aristocracy and implements meritocracy, rescues his wife from abduction, adopts her son, and tries to give him the whole empire. He does kill his brother, though. And a lot of other guys. Hey, if you're going to make an omelette...
The scene where Temujin (Genghis) rescues his wife and kills her abductors.
The Mongol Empire was a whole different world with a whole different history. Start here to get lost in it.