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.
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.
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.
Mr. Weatherford has written, if not a hagiography, then at least an apologia for history's greatest conqueror. Over reliance on a few sources weakens the case somewhat, but it remains very interesting throughout!
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We give this book a high rating because of the scholarship that went into the writing of the book .The reader gave an excellent reading of this fascinating history. For those of us who's education was limited to a paragraph on "the Mongolian hordes" it is a real eye opener.
Great Read. Forgotten impressive history of a Titan that came from less than nothing to rule the world more through enlightment than might. Wish current world leaders could do the same. If only current leaders could learn from history.
Absolutely fantastic, there is a LOT of new knowledge to be had for the amateur historian, most of what is written about the Mongols from the 18th to 20th Century is false.
The content of the book is fine, but this audio book production is out of order - the afterward is actually the introduction. Colossal error that damaged my perception and enjoyment of the book as a whole.
I was honestly surprised by how little I truly knew about the worlds greatest conquerer. The influence that is still in play from the Mongolian empire and the misconceptions of Genghis Khan will truly surprise most listeners. Not a barbarian but a innovator of culture. Not a destroyer but a utilizer of several cultures and technologies. Do yourself a favor and give this a listen. I know I will again!