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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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Publisher's Summary

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.

Listen to An Interview with Author Jack Weatherford.

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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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    john said fred North, New Zealand 03-12-13
    john said fred North, New Zealand 03-12-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Superb Story"
    If you could sum up Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World in three words, what would they be?

    Great listen, well balanced pace and detail with good passion.


    What did you like best about this story?

    repeat listens keep giving more insight


    What does Jonathan Davis and Jack Weatherford bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    saves me reading to myself


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    riveting listen :-)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janice Falls Church, VA, United States 03-09-13
    Janice Falls Church, VA, United States 03-09-13 Member Since 2012

    I read non-fiction almost exclusively

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    "A different view of Genghis Khan"

    This book presents a very interesting view of the world at the time of Genghis Khan and his followers. Too often we have a very narrow view of history and this opened my eyes to a different view. I found it very interesting. The book is written and read in a manner that makes you feel you are in the scene. An excellent listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Gariepy Tucson, AZ USA 03-04-13
    Michael Gariepy Tucson, AZ USA 03-04-13 Member Since 2011

    Tucson

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    "The Missing History"
    What did you love best about Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World?

    I love nothing better than getting insights into human history - especially when it's a history of such epic proportions that I, embarrassingly, knew so little about.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story was thoroughly enjoyable because of the careful research, the clear writing - and in this case the narration.


    What does Jonathan Davis and Jack Weatherford bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The writing is clear and rolls out well - no boring portions or needless pontifications. The reader's voice was simple and clear. A nice combination that allowed me to listen at 2x speed.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    As an amateur history buff I wasn't prepared for the huge readjustment of my historical world-view. It filled in huge gaps in my thinking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Clayton Bosler Redondo Beach CA USA 02-27-13
    Clayton Bosler Redondo Beach CA USA 02-27-13 Listener Since 2009

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    "Amazing Story!"
    What made the experience of listening to Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World the most enjoyable?

    Forget everything you thought you knew about Genghis Khan and the Mongols. This book, based on the amazing opening up of Mongolia post USSR is a real eye-opener. I think everyone who loves books, history and emerging information will love this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Florence Arvada, CO, United States 02-20-13
    Florence Arvada, CO, United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2010
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    "History can be life changing"
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    My deceased father use to recite the Kubla Khan poem by Coleridge when I was little. I had no idea what was behind the man or the story. Today, after sixty years, I can remember the first stanza of this poem by heart, and made the connection to this time in history after listening to this book. I use to refer to 'down syndrome' children as 'Mongoloids' and had no idea where the term came from or why it was a discriminatory term. This historical book filled in many blanks for me and hopefully made me a better person.

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    Elizabeth 02-20-13
    Elizabeth 02-20-13
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    "Engaging"
    What made the experience of listening to Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World the most enjoyable?

    I was fascinated by the huge sphere of influence of Genghis Khan and his descendents.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World?

    The paradox of barbarism e.g. treating people like animals alongside civility e.g. not allowing torture.


    Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis and Jack Weatherford ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    NO


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    NO


    Any additional comments?

    Would have liked a bibliography

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Fredericksburg, VA 02-20-13
    Chris Fredericksburg, VA 02-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "What an amazing story"
    Where does Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I saw this book on the Audible Essentials list and they nailed it on this one. I truly is a well written story, the writer builds his credibility throughout the story and then when you get to the end he presents all these facts with references. Blown away as to why this is not in our schools. The writer tells the Great Khan’s captivating story, with lessons and facts sprinkled throughout. I had a hard time not making my coworkers read it as homework as this story can help anyone mature in their mindsets.

    Wow, what a hard question, every book that I have listened to as been amazing. I would say this book is so different others, but, if I had to rate it among them it would in the Top 3.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    To be honest I did not have a favorite Character in this book. It was full of different Characters and walked you through some of the Khans and showed how they were all connected.


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Davis and Jack Weatherford – was your favorite?

    To be honest I did not have a favorite Character in this book. It was full of different Characters and walked you through some of the Khans and showed how they were all connected.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There was not a particular moment in the book that moved me that I recall now. However throughout the book I was blown away by the amount of information of the biography of the Great Khans.


    Any additional comments?

    I saw this book on the Audible Essentials list and they nailed it on this one. I truly is a well written story, the writer builds his credibility throughout the story and then when you get to the end he presents all these facts with references. Blown away as to why this is not in our schools. The writer tells the Great Khan’s captivating story, with lessons and facts sprinkled throughout. I had a hard time not making my coworkers read it as homework as this story can help anyone mature in their mindsets.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Allen Decatur, GA, United States 02-19-13
    Allen Decatur, GA, United States 02-19-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Good but really dry"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes and no. This is my third book about Genghis Khan, and there was not a great deal that I learned from the book. So perhaps that wasn't the best time spent. However, if you know nothing of this amazing military strategist, you really need to listen or read something of him.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Surprisingly, I felt that there was little emphasis on Genghis himself - more discussion of his legacy and the way things were set when he died. I would not read this one if you really want to know Genghis Khan. This one does a better job of placing Genghis Khan in history and examining the long-term impacts of his reign.


    What three words best describe Jonathan Davis and Jack Weatherford ’s voice?

    Pretty monotone. I think it would have been better if I had read it myself because the professor-like reading style made the book a bit dreary.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't know if it is the book itself or the narrator, but this one was not my favorite.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy K. Banks Washington, United States 02-17-13
    Nancy K. Banks Washington, United States 02-17-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Fascinating"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World to be better than the print version?

    I loved listening to this book, and I would like to also own the print version to refer back to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How modern the ancients were


    What does Jonathan Davis and Jack Weatherford bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    the ability to pronounce all those foreign names and places


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    definitely not! much too long and lots to digest.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book and did not know that I also love Genghis Kahn! I have since heard that a huge percentage of the world has some of his DNA.............I hope I have some too!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carl woodbridgeLaneWoodbridge, VA, United States 02-05-13
    Carl woodbridgeLaneWoodbridge, VA, United States 02-05-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Opened my eyes...."

    Jack Weatherford provides new scholarly research that put Genghis Khan's achievements and his impact in a revealing light. I found it revealing and insightful.

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  • Simone
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    "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...

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    7/7/14
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    "A new outlook towards the traditional history"
    If you could sum up Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World in three words, what would they be?

    A very important part of the history spanning for 4-5 decades and influencing every aspect of modern civilisation. Very little credit has been given to this and very few books available in english.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Genghis Khan and Kubel Khan and their regime.


    What about Jack Weatherford and Jonathan Davis ’s performance did you like?

    Excellent piece of work, highlighting religious tolerance and meritocracy propagated by Genghis khan.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Must read for everyone as. The book changes the outlook towards history and makes you think before accepting anybody view of the history in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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