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.
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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.
So much I didn't know and hadn't questioned. A seriously good listen. So well written - beautiful really.
The history, the connection to my understanding of world history. I feel better informed about Genghis Khan and his family... even know how to correctly pronounce their names now!
Genghis Khan and Kublai Khan
Genghis Khan: The man who changed the world.
I hope his Sulde turns up one day, safe and sound, and is returned to Mongolia.
Yes, I will it was an unknown part of history to me, and I enjoyed it.
Never listened to one that covered so much history that affected a vast number of people as this book did
This was my first and I look forward to checking out his other books
Yes, but time won't allow that so I burned thru it as fast as I could
Great history and it shed light on why Western so called scholars put the Mongols in such a bad light in history
Chet Yarbrough, an audio book addict, exercises two cocker spaniels twice a day with an Ipod in his pocket and earbuds in his ears. Hope these few reviews seduce the public into a similar obsession but walk safely and be aware of the unaware.
Revisionist history is a speculative business; particularly when corroborating evidence is scarce and documentation is based on translation. Like the new testament’s record of Jesus’s life, “The Secret History of the Mongols” is a translation, years after Genghis Khan’s death. The original Mongolian document is missing. The only surviving written record of “The Secret History of the Mongols” is a translation by Chinese scribes. The Chinese translation is bound by the limitations of the translator’s culture.
Jack Weatherford, the author of this revisionist history recreates a credible story of Genghis Kahn’s life based on China’s translation of “The Secret History…” Weatherford, educated as an anthropologist, visits the homeland of Genghis’s birth and spends time discussing the history of Genghis with Mongol’ descendants.
I knew who Genghis Khan was. At least I thought I did. I was wrong however.
Mr. Weatherford's historical book is a fantastic work on Genghis Khan and his lasting legacy.
I had assumed that this book would be an autobiography of the Great Khan and it is, but only for the first third of the book or so. In fact, Genghis plays only a minor role in the overall scope and breadth of this novel.
Rather, two-thirds focus on Genghis Khan's decedents and their impact on the world around them. His decedents may not have been as an amazing ruler as he, they still managed to apply most of his principles and in doing so changed the world.
I had no idea that Genghis Khan implemented so many progressive measures within his growing empire. My knowledge, and ignorance, of him was limited to what I had learned from popular culture. That he was a leader of a barbarian horde that managed to concur much of the Eastern European and Asia.
I knew nothing of his ideals in regards to government and that he believed in the separation of church and state, along with the introduction of paper money.
Mr. Weatherford writes in an engaging way that doesn't become bogged down with the fog of historical facts, but nor does he write in a way that removes all intellectual truths from history.
The narrator, Mr. Davis, does a wonderful job and manages to nail even the most troublesome of pronunciations.
I highly recommend this to lover's of history or to anyone who has a passing interest in this, one of the greatest of men.
Absolutely. The narrator makes it really easy to follow and get hooked.
The Last Speakers by David Harrison, in the sense that it is great non-fiction that is easily approachable for anyone, while remaining highly informative.
No characters, but Mr Davis was great in conveying a sense of interest in the story.
No, but I was really hooked.
If I were to tell you about a leader that was responsible for abolishing torture, granting universal religious freedom, establishing international postal systems, creating the first internationally accepted form of paper currency, creating an alphabet so that people of diverse regions and languages could speak to each other, creating a judicial system with an established court of appeals and so many other innovative progressive systems in a world that was accustomed to centuries of intertribal conflicts, would you guess that I was talking about Genghis Khan. Genghis Khan was responsible for all of that and he was a brilliant military leader whose tactics have been used in modern warfare. I would never have believed this story but the research and references that the author used makes this story indisputable. Read it, you will be amazed and saddened that the world has painted this wonderful leader as a monster.