A great book for understanding the connectivness of all people and civilizations East and West.
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!
Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.
This is a very educational and interesting look into the life of one of the most influential characters in history. I have learned a lot about him from this audiobook.
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!
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.