It is long but so well said and at the end when the author tells of his research is more than fascinating!
He was a facilitator who spread learning throughout every culture he visited. Europe had the dark ages because he never went there. Also it's proven you cannot pass on to your offspring you own genius.
I will listen to this again or perhaps just buy the hardcover.
All my life I have only heard that the Mongols were a degenerate lot, with Genghis being the worst. This book gives a wholly different story. Weatherford does indeed describe the atrocities of the Mongols, but he also extols their virtues. Indeed, world history was shaped in a very positive way by the influence of these people.
Listen to this book if you wish to understand how a nomadic tribe nearly a millennia ago informs much of the subsequent history of the world, and influences all of our lives today.
Started off slowly and at times the story dragged on, but a great history of how Genghis Kahn conquered nearly all of Asia!
After reading this book, I truly feel I understand what gave the Kahn's their high place in history and opened my eyes to the forward thinking (even by today's society) they employed. While terrible, they were somewhat fair. Amazed at their influence on society, cultures around the world, and the gene pool.
I never knew there was so much to learn about the Mongols! You have got to love history!
I feel so incredibly enriched by this book
Horrified to have been so ignorant about so much history
And like all great books it makes me want more.