I have been to Ulan Batur three years ago and wish that I had heard this book before I did. Mongolians worship Genghis and now I see why. I am concerned that western history is so deficient in recording Genghis' victories and his "civilizing" ideas. Truly an example of European christian re-writing of history. I cannot wait to return to Outer Mongolia with better knowledge of the country's and its people's history.
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.