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.
This is not your Vince Flynn thriller, but equally engaging for those with a love for world history and business. I recommend this for any MBA who wants a glimpse into a side of leadership not found in HBS cases. He fathered concepts from postal services to hunting preserves and broke the bonds of nobility in favor of performance-based rewards. Loved it. Great job to the researchers and author. Now off to my CIA thrillers...
The amount of research that had been done. It becomes clear in the end that the author Jack Weatherford lived and breathed this book for many years.
Also, the narration was perfect.
All of the pieces came together for Audible on this one.
So many parts that peaked my interest.
yes, will edit and explain in the future.
I enjoy the non-fiction audiobooks. I have a few favorites, This book has gone close to the top of the list. Im very happy I found it. In the case of this book, as well researched as it was - If the narration had been irritating then I may have just given up on it. It wasn't, the book went smooth and was easy to keep up with. The voice was clear.
The book is a must buy-read if you ask me. well worth the one credit.
This is a good book and one I am glad I listened to. It is basic history, told with some exciting moments. It is not the stuff that inspires making it into a movie, but is worth the knowing and the time if you are at all interested in history.
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.