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.
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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.
I heard this book about a year or so ago and i still talk about! It truly is amazing how a historical book could still be applied today. Amazing and fascinating! I thought we were smart today but i was wrong. Very impressive listen!
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Reined in his admiration for the Mongol ruling house just a little bit.
Fascination, followed by annoyance as I realized the author was building a case for a warmer, fuzzier view of Genghis Khan.
I love historical accounts that don't disguise their point of view. But at a certain point, you're not writing history, you're writing an apologia, and this book crosses that threshold fairly early -- glossing over uglier bits, "contextualizing" battlefield atrocities by comparing them to what other armies did, and entirely leaving out inconvenient tidbits like the debate over whether the Mongols used rape as a tactical tool. I got most of the way through this book before I realized that I couldn't entirely trust it; the author was grinding an ax, making a case for a more sympathetic view of Genghis Khan. He may be right, but I feel I've just wasted the time I spent listening to the book.
One of the most well-written books I have ever read on Gengis Khan and the Golden Age of Mongolia. It completely changed my perspective of Gengis Khan and the Mongolian civilization. The facts are presented in a very factual manner, but the narrative never gets boring. Each and every aspect of Gengis Khan's life and the lives of his successors is awe-inspiring and intriguing, and the book does justice to that through its account of their lives.
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So well researched, well written, full of surprises and reversals, information new and different from what I had been taught, I believe I will enjoy even more reading it a second time. I consider it one of the few books that has changed my view and appraisal of a man and a people who I had previously thought of as the embodiment of "evil, cruel, barbarian," to one of a man who should stand among the greatest men of history, and a people who created and promoted the foundations of many of the things our civilized world now considers "good, progressive, and civilized" but, until now, have gotten little or none of the credit due them for their monumental contributions to our current "civilized" way of life.I have read criticisms of the author for making mistakes in some of the factual details. Perhaps so. I am not qualified to judge. But I doubt anyone researching and writing a work of the same scope as "Genghis Khan" has ever gotten all the details right. Perhaps it is impossible to do so. If such mistakes indeed do exist in the book, (which they must), the writer's ability to reshape the "big picture" of the Mongols and their contributions to our modern world--which to me he did brilliantly and convincingly, goes far beyond atoning for any "mistakes in details." To me, such "mistakes in details" rank no more than tiny specks of dust on the book's pages. The act of reading the book is a fascinating and compelling journey of discovery through which the author leads the reader in an attempt to restore credit and recognitions to a brilliant, resourceful leader and the great people who followed him. Both were far ahead of their time. In his attempt to restore respect, credit, and recognition to them for their contributions, Jack Weatherford has earned my respect, and I credit him with achieving his goal--at least with me. Recognizing that I am unqualified to be a final judge of a work so grand in size, time, people, and contributions, from my personal vantage point, I see few if any ways the book "Genghis Khan" could be improved.
I loved the many surprises and unlikely events and endings the author skillfully leads the reader through. I loved seeing how the reputation of Genghis Khan and the Mongols has ebbed and flowed, up and down, good and bad through the centuries following their initial conquests, resourcefulness and contributions. The details of the individual Mongols of the1200's and the respect and honor they are still shown by their descendants 800 years later gave great support to the author's successful attempt--successful to me, at least--of re-establishing Genghis Khan and the Mongols to their deserved and well-earned status as important shapers of our modern world.
No. This is the first for me.
The descriptions of the religious tolerance and the peaceful mixing and co-existence of such various religions was moving to me. It's something we have not yet succeeded in matching let alone exceeding today.
Most of the Western world, and certainly much more, including the Muslim world, have been taught gross lies about Genghis Khan and the Mongols in both their schools and churches. Learning about the Mongol invasions into Europe while I was in high school, I felt a genuine revoltion towards them. I felt, if not voiced, a "Thank God!" when the Mongol hoards were stopped at Vienna. Jack Weatherford, through his book, Genghis Khan, has caused me to rethink those old feelings and judgments and wonder how different our world would be--and possibly how much better it might be--if the Mongols had not been stopped at the edges of Western Europe.