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
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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!
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!
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.
The writer borrows much of his information regarding the individual from the "Secret History". This is woven into a well thought out compilation of believed true instances corroborated with other historical sources. It's an educational and entertaining listen.
Weatherford corrects my views of Ghengis Khan. I had been the victim of listening to the views of such biased authors for too many years. It is well worth the read/listen. Hopefully, the contents will end up in more secondary sources and texts.
What a indictment of my Euro-centric education that much of the material in Weatherford's book was a revelation to me. I was glued to my I-pod.