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Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World | [Jack Weatherford]

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.
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The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

Vastly more progressive than his European or Asian counterparts, Genghis Khan abolished torture, granted universal religious freedom, and smashed feudal systems of aristocratic privilege. From the story of his rise through the tribal culture to the explosion of civilization that the Mongol Empire unleashed, this brilliant work of revisionist history is nothing less than the epic story of how the modern world was made.

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©2005 Jack Weatherford (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"With appreciative descriptions of the sometimes tender tyrant, this chronicle supplies just enough personal and world history to satisfy any reader." (Publishers Weekly)

"There is very little time for reading in my new job. But of the few books I've read, my favourite is Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford. It's a fascinating book portraying Genghis Khan in a totally new light. It shows that he was a great secular leader, among other things." (Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India)

"Weatherford's admiration for Genghis and his firsthand knowledge of many of the sites important in Mongol history give this text an immediacy and a visual quality that are enhanced by Davis’s presentation. When the narrative begins to lag in its final hour or two as it moves farther from the twelfth century, Davis's crisp pace maintains the listener’s interest to the end. An informative and provocative work of popular history." (AudioFile)

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    Robert Round Rock, TX, USA 03-11-10
    Robert Round Rock, TX, USA 03-11-10
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    "You need to read this book."

    I have either been asleep at the switch my whole life or no one took the time to really teach me history. I had no idea that the world was anything like this book depicts. Your notion about history will change forever once you have read this fantastic book. It really is a game changer.

    55 of 61 people found this review helpful
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    Luiz Felipe Sao Paulo, SpBrazil 04-11-10
    Luiz Felipe Sao Paulo, SpBrazil 04-11-10 Member Since 2009
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    "A New Vision of the Mongol Empire"

    Fantastic book. Very good introduction to the Mongol History. Wonderfully written, keeps you entertained, wishing that the book never ends.
    The narrator also did a wonderful job.
    A must read for who likes History

    37 of 41 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Cocoa, FL, USA 03-05-10
    Richard Cocoa, FL, USA 03-05-10
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    "Forget what you've been taught in the past!"

    I am not a big reader of history, but this caught my eye, and I was not disappointed. The audiobook is a little bit hard to follow, in terms of the large amount of information and its organization. So, it isn't a casual, or bedtime, read (listen). That said, I would include this in my short, "must listen" list since it is such a stereotype busting book. It will change your perception of the past with lessons that clearly apply to today's world. For me it ranks up there with Sun Tzu's Art of War -- albeit a much more engaging read.

    44 of 49 people found this review helpful
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    DS 11-12-12
    DS 11-12-12 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "an historic double-take"

    You will never think about Genghis and Kublai Khan the same way again. It turns out they were socially progressive. Seriously. A brilliantly researched eye opener. Very well read. They supported religious diversity, universal education, promotion on merit not birth, global trade, fair judicial system. This is so compellingly written I listened almost non-stop. Just a great and really thought provoking look at the history of a part of the world we don't hear enough about.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Guilherme 06-09-12
    Guilherme 06-09-12 Member Since 2013

    You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take. —Wayne Gretzky

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    "How much world history do we really know?"

    This book is an eye opener, to say the least. We are so used to know the history of the world from the European perspective with some, probably lots, of prejudice towards the "barbaric" tribes from the east, for them the "dark ages"never happened.

    You'll probably be surprised, like me, to know that while in Europe the Church was torturing witches, the Mongols were building an empire based on trade, respecting human rights, were able to conquer in 2 years what the crusaders were not able to do in two centuries - conquer Iraq and even made some effort toward public education - IN THE 12TH CENTURY.

    I recommend this book for everyone, specially those who believe in any superiority from the European culture.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ben BELLINGHAM, WA, United States 03-23-11
    Ben BELLINGHAM, WA, United States 03-23-11 Member Since 2010

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    "Magnificent"

    This book is one that I probably wouldn't have read in print, but as an audio book is alive, vibrant and fully engaging. Every bit is interesting as Mongol culture is examined and explained. The stories are wonderful and I ended up appreciating that part of world history more than I would have after a college level course. It was brilliant.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Dr. Lake Oswego, OR, United States 06-25-10
    Dr. Lake Oswego, OR, United States 06-25-10 Member Since 2015
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    "If you like history - this is excellent"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I have always wanted to know more about this man, his people, and his impact on world history. The author does and excellent job of helping to make sense out of how a band of nomads went on to conquer much of the known world and shape the course of world history. Well written and wonderfully narrated.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Adam IRVING, TX, United States 01-17-12
    Adam IRVING, TX, United States 01-17-12

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    "Very good"

    I have read a lot, and few books that I have read are as good and informative as this. The author does a good job of explaining the life of Genghis Khan. But what I really liked is his summary of the history of the Mongolian empire after Genghis Khan's death, and its broader impact in world history. I also really liked the author's discussion of the way the Mongols were seen in 18th century Europe, and how that impacted the way they viewed Asians and led to eastern colonialism. I highly recommend this book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    J. M. Walker Harrisburg, PA 11-03-10
    J. M. Walker Harrisburg, PA 11-03-10 Listener Since 2008
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    "A grand story well told"

    Conveys the drama and grandeur of Genghis Khan's life as well as his profound impact on the Western and Muslim worlds clearly and compellingly.
    Excellent reader.

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    Doug Domeny 08-30-13
    Doug Domeny 08-30-13
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    "The Mongol empire's positive impact revealed"

    Interesting and certainly a different perspective than I've heard about the Mongols from the anglo-western history. I suspect the western history is biased in the negative. Weatherford does not deny the violence of those times, but does stress the positive impact the Mongol empire had on trade, technology spread and government advances.

    This book goes beyond just the life of Genghis Khan (Temujin) to include the span of the Mongol empire ruled by his descendent khans. The author ends with an afterword of modern Mongol cultural impacts.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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