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.
©2005 Jack Weatherford (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
"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)
I had no idea the Mongul Empire was so vast and much more civilized than the histroy I had learned protrayed the Monguls.
I would definitely recommend this book for anyone interested in a different perspective on Asian culture and history.
The notion of the Mongols as a dirty band of marauders; an unfortunately rapacious blip on the screen of history was dispelled completely. I want to be a Mongol!
Genghis for his clarity of thought and his expansive view of the world. His ecumenical understanding and desire for peace, intellectual development and family ties above all.
Clear strong delivery Excellent pacing
I would take it from the interview..".Imagine that an illiterate slave became the leader of the modern world"
I think this should be required reading in public schools. Inspiring, enlightening and fascinating
I live in Seattle. I write code. I listen when I'm out with the dog.
Genghis Khan was far more civilized than most Europeans of his age. He was just a much better military strategist.
Essential for a non-Eurocentric view of world history.
Jack Weatherford carefully researched Genghis Khan from the perspective of the Mongols. His revisionist history crediting Genghis for separation of Church and State, Diplomacy and the birth of the Renaissance seems to take the historical narritive too far. Having said that, the conventional depiction of the Mongol empire as a ravishing dark chaotic evil hoard needed poking. A very compelling narrative that reads like a novel. The truth is more compelling than fiction. Great read
An avid audio fan, I listen mainly whilst walking my dog. I enjoy many and varied subjects,history,travel,espionage,crime,anything good
I am not really sure how I feel about this book.I did enjoy listening,and the narration was good.But I don't know whether this was a scholarly work,or a popular one.
There are lots of dates,names of exotic people and places,but I still don't know enough about the Mongols.
I do not feel that the author really proved Genghiz Khans' having "made" the modern world.If we accept the authors interpretation,then he certainly was very enlightened,and revolutionary in his politics,law-making etc., but then again so were so many others on the stage of world history.
I did very much enjoy the epilogue and afterword,which were narrated,I think.by the author.
All in all,worth listening to,but I feel that something was missing in order to get me inspired by Genghiz Khan
This audio book really opened my eyes to a figure in history that I knew of but overlooked. The more I listened, the more I was in awe of his accomplishments. I had no idea how influential the Mongol civilization was on world history.
Perhaps the best part was at the end when the author educates the listeners as to why Mongol history has been so marginalized in the west.
Yet another big chunk of history I didn't know about! And most the intelligent thing I can say after listening to this book is WOW!!! What a GUY!!
It is really hard to believe Ghengis Khan accomplished so much and improved the lives of so many in such a short time. This book could be used to study leadership, organizational behavior, public administration, military science, foreign policy, creative/critical thinking and the art of the deal!
The author helps bring the Khan's accomplishments into perspective by equating it to early America -- imagine a slave who rises to the top of American politics and military, "gently" incorporates everything from Canada to South America into the same system, invents an alphabet, a financial system, encourages education/literacy, values medical science and healing arts, supports orphans and widows,,, oh gosh! and a whole lot more! WOW!! What a GUY!!
What can I say? You don't understand history if you don't understand Genghis. Particularly you don't know Middle Age to Modern, Asian, Indian or Islamic history, the history of ideas and inventions, how fate saved Japan (similar to how the Spanish Armada was dashed). Did the West eventually stop his successors? More likely the black plague did.
This is a wonderful book indeed, based on some recently discovered archeological records (Secret Histories), since the Soviets left Mongolia. A stimulating and exciting tale, with plenty of variety.
A well written book with excellent naration that challenges the long-held belief that the Monguls were barbarians. I learned a lot though I think Weatherford pushes the case a bit too far that the Khans set the stage for the modern world.
Within my filtered and stilted education for matters historical, the Mongols were painted as a genuine barbarian horde. This retelling of the empire as the first great multinational trans-denominational corporation is fascinating! Even better, the story of the research itself is like a detective novella. This really helps me understand the torch that lit the bonfire of the Renaissance.
"Amazing! Wonderful! Couldn't get enough!"
I stumbled onto this one by chance, and quickly grew to love it -- who'd ever know that much about the Mongols and how they changed the world? Years of research have gone into this book, and it shows. The 'Secret History', an original Mongol document about Gengis Khan's life, only became available for researchers quite recently, so there is now a wealth of brand new information. Many surprises, many really astonishing facts are waiting for the listener! The prose is at the right pace, not patronizing, not too scientific. One can also feel how much the author simply loves Mongolia... Good reader too. I simply couldn't get enough and was thirsting for more when it was over. I am now going to read his other books...
"Liked it so much I didn't want it to end"
I actually already did start to listen to it again. This book is so packed full of interesting stories and information, I found it hard to retain them all from one listen.
I never thought a history book would keep me so entertained and interested. This one certainely did, the story of Gengis Kahn and his sucessors is told so well it almost reads like a novel. I loved the way this book changed my understanding of world history, illustrating the impact of the mongol empire on the world.
Despite being packed with historical information, place names, dates and significant people, this book does not read like a history book at all. The story flows incredibly well and keeps you coming back for more. The reader has a voice that is very nice to listen to, becomes noticable when the reader changes for the afteroword.
I wouldn't say "moved" but I did get excited about this book and recommended it to friends and family.
The ultimate measure of a non-fiction book must be if it changes the way you think and see the world. This one absolutely changed my understanding of history.
"A book that fully illustrates the power of history"
This is fascinating interpretation of the history of the Mongol empire and it's Khans, particularly Genghis Khan and their influence, direct or otherwise, to the modern world, and long overdue recognition of its contribution to the modern western world.
This, to me, illustrates the importance of history, and how from it we learn to understand more of what we have now, and could have in the future. I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of this, and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone interested in seeing the world from a different perspective.
The story was so interesting, the reader was perfect and this helped me make the connection between the Khans and the Mughal Throne occupants. Fantastic read thank you.
"Changed my entire view of the Mongols"
A great read that genuinely changed my perception of history and Mongolia's place in the world, a real eye opener?
"loved every minute of the book!"
Enjoyed the book, great story and history! It is an easy listen with lots of info and very interesting(I hope)facts.
"like a great story"
the book is like a great story, chronologically organised, easy to follow, full of interesting bits of info. I recommend it!
"Long reach of Genghis Khan"
Cogent and fair minded analysis of Genghis Khan and the empire he bequeathed.
Discovered much new information and good insights into the enduring influence of the Mongols.
Excellent narration and fascinating subject matter.
I would recommend this audiobook to anyone with an interest in the story of Gengis Khan and the Mongol people and their amazing history.
Very informative and I learn a lot what I didn't know about Khan. It has given me a wider knowledge to appreciate the mongrel 11 century to the 12th century. This makes one not ignorant. RDHH
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