I loved how the author drew parallels from the actions of the Mongols to the effect on the modern world
Probably not .. its very interesting but once is enough
Well written, interesting
Well worth a listen, fascinating times presented in an accessible yet educational way
Fresh information, new perspective.
I have not
I enjoy learning and it was so engaging that I would listen to it during the whole day.
I want more books by Jack Weatherford.
Absolutely fascinating history, perfect narration.
Whenever I see pictures of the medieval walled cities in the old world, I always shiver, imagining their purpose to protect the inhabitants from the "Mongol hordes" or "bands of marauding Tatars" as we were taught in school. Yes, the Mongols and Tatars were ruthless and to be feared, but that is only a speck of the real story. Listening to this audio book, the bit I knew of Genghis Khan and the Mongols has been turned up-side-down and spun around. I see that I previously knew less than nothing, as the little bit I thought I knew was all wrong.
Right up to the last chapters, where we see the influence of the Mongols and their empire, the Making of the Modern World part, it is always interesting. And his story continues, even today, with our modern societies fighting over Genghis Khan's image and legacy. Great history, well written, perfectly narrated, highly recommended.
For the first half, I could not put this down. Weatherford dives deeply into Genghis Khan's past, his relationships, his fears and the prejudices of his time to paint a coherent, riveting picture of a young man evolving into one of the biggest terrors of his time and one of the biggest blessings for the future.
Genghis Khan dies at the end of the first half, however. With an entire second half to go, I hoped to now get a more in-depth analysis of his impact, maybe comparisons with other historical leaders. Instead, we get an account of how his heirs continued and eventually destroyed the Mongol empire - historically important, but not nearly as interesting and sometimes hard to follow, especially per audiobook.
The book is still absolutely worth it though - thanks to the excellent first half, I have been able to engage with historians and military scholars about Genghis Khan's impact and discuss the historical comparisons I was missing in the second half myself. Spirited cocktail party conversation to say the least.
A truly enriching read.
I have 4 Audible accounts and my wife thinks I may have a problem.
The great Khan was ruthless and cunning and a real badass!
I know my reviews are simple but this is another must listen.
Temujin, who is, of course, the main character. His childhood and early life were especially fascinating.
I bought this book to listen to for the educational value, but it ended up being very entertaining and fun to listen to.
Definitely would recommend this book. It is interesting, well written, and deals with a fascinating characters of the region of the world so far and not well known. It certainly shed light on again amazing life of this man who was self made and achieved so much in his lifetime.
It's amazing to meet up with a character as compelling as Genghis Khan as described in this work. I wavered between wanting to go back in time and meet him, and being thankful that I couldn't.
The Mongols were a bloodthirsty horde that ravaged Europe and Asia under one of the most vicious conquerors of all time, Genghis Khan. WRONG!
This book is an eye-opening account of the significance of the Mongol culture to the development of the modern world. The author places newly discovered documents in context that drastically changes our perception of the Mongols and why it was that Geoffrey Chaucer, who lived closest to the time of Genghis Khan wrote so admiringly of him and his civilizing effects on the nations he conquered while Voltaire and other later writers shaped our nearly universally held view of them as a flood of terror rising in the East and flowing outward to drown in blood India, Korea, Persia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Russia, China and more. In some important ways, Genghis Khan and his people were more modern, less savage than their European contemporaries. Certainly their sense of social justice was more developed. This is a book with the potential to change your understanding of the development of per-Renaissance Europe and the role of the Mongols in preparing Europe for that great intellectual, artistic and moral flowering.
Te author also makes clear the continuing impact of Genghis Khan and his descendants in modern international relations, European customs, and language including words we use every day. I founf myself often thinking with wonder at a new revelation, "I never would have thought of that".