This would be among the top ten.
The dispelling of myths that invariably go hand-in-hand with the Mongolians. The way the book is written you absolutely get a feeling for the family bonds, all set in a historical and anthropological context that I was not particularly familiar with. Genghis Khan's devotion to his wife was moving, so was the heartbreak around the ambiguity of his son's paternity (something that would have a significant impact on the shape of the world).
One of the most compelling moments is when the author discusses the Europeans’ reactions to the Mongolians. They struggled to figure out where these people came from. Were they from the lands of the Three Kings, seeking the return of relics? Some thought so. Or were they Jews? Unfortunately, some also thought that, causing a violent backlash against European Jews.
Hide yo kids, hide yo wife (even if you're Mongolian).
To be honest. I don't remember purchasing this book. I just noticed it in my library one day. It really isn't a book I would normally buy so I decided to give it a try. It is absolutely excellent. Well researched and well told. It gives a spin on the formation of the origins of the modern world that is thoroughly fascinating. Well done.
Very well done. Easy to follow and strong combination of story telling with historicla facts and figures.
Unfortunate that it took so long for the truth of genghis and the impact he had on the world to come out and that much of it was destroyed or altered over the years.
If you like history, especially how we west and east came to be. This is a must read. I read that 0.5% of the world is related to genghis. Now it makes sense!
I highly recommend this book. it is "edutainment" at its best. I have a newfound respect for more for Mongolia and its people are… not to mention their accomplishments.
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.