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.
What struck me most about Genghis Khan was not that he murdered his oldest brother, or that he was an escaped slave, or that he conquered more peoples and lands in 25 years than the Romans did in 400, or that he broke the grip of aristocracies, dissolved feudalism, triggered the renaissance, and created a universal alphabet. It wasn’t that he established intercontinental trade, and vast communications networks, and postal services, and public education, and religious freedom based on secular government. It wasn’t that he did all of this despite being uneducated and illiterate himself. What struck me most was his overarching view of the power of a unified people. He demanded fierce loyalty and accepted any peoples that pledged it to him. Conversely, he brutalized and enslaved those who defied him. Even so, he never sought the trappings of materialism, kingship, aristocracy, or personal legacy, all of which he utterly abhorred. His motives appear astonishingly different from other conquerors in human history and this makes Genghis Khan’s story unique. As brutal and ruthless as any military conqueror in history, he also openly welcomed and assimilated amazingly diverse peoples, religions, and cultures together as one massive empire that greatly influenced our modern civilization.
This book is a carefully researched and well written account of Genghis Khan and the Mongol Empire he founded, including its motives, reach, and influences on the world. It’s an important read for anyone interested in world history and the origins of secular government, freedom of thought and religion, paper currency, modern law, military strategy, and public education.
This book was so insightful. I had no idea the overall impact Genghis Khan had one our modern day society. He laid the ground work for so much. Brilliant tactician, but also incredible at laying framework for a governing body. Way ahead of his time! A really delightful book to listen to! Highly recommend.
great audible "lecture " if you love history. Narration is perfectly performed, with a confortable voice tone. The epilogue is the only part of the book that is performed by the author and turns to be boring and too long. It would have been better to allow the narrator to read the epilogue with his trained voice. Excelent.
The epilogue is read by the author and it is boring and too long. He is a great writer, and not so good narrator.
Let's not re write history, this is a completely ridiculous liberal slant on the most prolific rapist in history. I could not even finish the book. We do not gain self improvement by looking back on history with our more enlightened selves and trying to justify or reason away the way and change the way things were. You are supposed to learn from history... Make believe is for fiction!
You could think that genghis Khan was just a warlord. Yet, he was a great man, we owe him a lot and his story is one about love, passion, and greatness. Love this man and I loved this audiobook.
It was easily understood. Written as a story, not so much as a history book.
No, too long
Very well read by Jack Weatherford.
I don't normally read history books but almost finished with this one and it's been an amazing listen. Very interesting story and makes you realize why many things in the modern world are the way they are. It's also a part of history that you probably won't hear much about unless you go search for it yourself.
Audiobooks are great tool in dealing with my ADHD. They limit distractions while listening and I don't have to sit still. PS. I can't spell
I will admit that I couldn't finish listening to this book. It takes great skill to make Genghis Khan boring but Mr. Weatherford did. The stiff narration of Jonathan Davis perfectly complemented the writing, creating a title I couldn't even use to fall asleep. The experience was very dry and irritating, like getting sand in your eye.