Absolutely. The narrator makes it really easy to follow and get hooked.
The Last Speakers by David Harrison, in the sense that it is great non-fiction that is easily approachable for anyone, while remaining highly informative.
No characters, but Mr Davis was great in conveying a sense of interest in the story.
No, but I was really hooked.
If I were to tell you about a leader that was responsible for abolishing torture, granting universal religious freedom, establishing international postal systems, creating the first internationally accepted form of paper currency, creating an alphabet so that people of diverse regions and languages could speak to each other, creating a judicial system with an established court of appeals and so many other innovative progressive systems in a world that was accustomed to centuries of intertribal conflicts, would you guess that I was talking about Genghis Khan. Genghis Khan was responsible for all of that and he was a brilliant military leader whose tactics have been used in modern warfare. I would never have believed this story but the research and references that the author used makes this story indisputable. Read it, you will be amazed and saddened that the world has painted this wonderful leader as a monster.
What a great read! I'm just a middle-aged American housewife with no ties to Asia or any detailed knowledge of the area, other than what is commonly known, and yet I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author wrote with obvious respect for the people and culture he described. Despite being a "history book," this was one I was reluctant to put down, and always looked forward to being able to continue as soon as my present task was over. I recommend it to anyone.
Completely engaging and accessible, this book is a fascinating biography of one of history's most influential individuals. Genghis Khan is responsible for originating some of the most innovative military strategies, uniting and making wealthy the warring Mongol tribes, creating the largest trading economy, and various other groundbreaking concepts such as diplomatic immunity, full religious tolerance, widows' inheritances, meritocratic promotions, etc. Unjustly vilified, Genghis Khan was not the cruel and brutal savage I had always believed him to be. He was truly an outstanding and compelling personality that permanently changed the course of history.
Thrilling, fascinating, enlightening
The founding of the city Beijing
The reference to sources providing legitimacy of the text
I am reminded that early human history is my most favorite topic and it is becoming a passion.
Mongols kick ass!!!
Genghis Khan, OF COURSE. Here is a guy who begins with *nothing*, absolutely nothing, and goes on to conquer more territory than any other human being in history. Along the way he bans slavery, implements freedom of religion, abolishes aristocracy and implements meritocracy, rescues his wife from abduction, adopts her son, and tries to give him the whole empire. He does kill his brother, though. And a lot of other guys. Hey, if you're going to make an omelette...
The scene where Temujin (Genghis) rescues his wife and kills her abductors.
The Mongol Empire was a whole different world with a whole different history. Start here to get lost in it.
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.