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)
While I guess it is a decent account of the Mongol empire, and and excellent account of 18th and 19th century European prejudice, the book felt like a cheering section for the Mongol empire. All of their motivations were just for the betterment of mankind and they were forced into all conflicts through no fault of their own. It does accurately recognize contributions made by the empire as well as those innovations which are still felt in the modern day. But it would be as if saying the Roman empire only did good things and for the betterment of civilization. While the Roman empire did do lots of good things and some of their legacy is still being felt to this day, it wasn't all good. I feel the presentation of the Mongol empire as completely egalitarian
and mostly altruistic is unbalanced.
This us a must read. Much of this history came from work in the 1990s. Shakes your understanding of world history.
Un panorama amplio de una perspectiva desvalorada. gracias por ayudarnos a verlo diferente. Hare Krishna.
A fascinating narrative of the roots of many of our modern civilizing laws, tactics and mores. Slowly and methodically disabusing the reader ( listener) of the misinformation and stereotypes surrounding ginghis Kahn and his people. Thoroughly engaging and profoundly thought provoking. I learned so much about a subject I never thought I was interested in.
Probably not just for fun (which I why I listened to it this time), but if I were doing any kind of research or historical review, I would definitely come back to this book! I will say, however, that I didn't download the reference material until after I finished the book so I probably will go back and review bits and pieces (and my wife will certainly revel in many new "nerd" jokes when she sees me doing that :-) ).
I picked this book only because Genghis Khan is a name I've heard for as long as I can remember, but I didn't really know anything about him. My impression was the same as most peoples' - that he was a bloodthirsty, ruthless barbarian that laid waste to everything in his path. This book was a real eye opener and downright fascinating. What I really liked was the way the author traced the effects of the Mongol empire into modern times, and also the way he tries to explain the origins of the skewed perception of Genghis Khan and the entire empire. Well Done!!
A simpleton, brilliant administrator, strength discipline not brilliance, Genghis Khan. Built a empire from ground up, didn't consider building an artist and cultural legacy.
Interesting insight and information on the life of a man who was a murderer, a king beyond compare and a saint all rolled into one. How the Mughals had barely anything in common with them and as an Indian a new insight on the so called Mughals. Bad imitators of the true king. A very thoughtful provoking persona.
But still the ultimate truth that a man wins the world and looses by the hands of his own
It's really good. Entertaining and beautifully written. I highly recommend if you have any interest in world history. This is stuff that was not taught in history class and does a lot to give the Mongols a much needed place I world history .
I only bought this book because it was on sale but it turned out to be a fabulous read. Who knew that jenghis Khan was such a brilliant administrator Kama Progressive thinker, and you neither of different cultures? I highly recommend this book for anyone who is interested in history, management, or culture.
"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.
"The best book I may have ever read."
Jack Weatherford actually makes you feel like you are there, unseen as you witness history unfold. I didn't know we owe so much of our modern culture and way of thinking to the Mongals. Such a terrific story. I'm quite sad now that I've finished the book.
"An excellent history."
Starting and focusing on the life of Genghis Khan this book manages to give a insightful look at the rise and eventual fall of the mongol empire founded by Genghis Khan.
"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.
I thought I knew something about the Mongol Empire. I was wrong. This book has shown me the richness of the legacy of an empire that changed the course of all of world history in infinite ways but of which my education has taught me next to nothing. I am incredibly thankful for having come across this book.
"An excellent and honest account"
Learned a great deal from this.
So much about this period was completely unknown to me; it is great to fill in a few of the gaps.
My views on both Genghis Khan and the Mongols has changed, greatly.
Looking forward to reading more around this subject.
I really did not know much about Genghis Khan and this book was brilliant in teaching me something. The narrator was so impressive. It is one of the best books that I have listened to.
An eye opening history. Contrary to the popular mythology Genghis Khan succeeded through marshalling trade, multiculturalism and meritocracy. His attitudes to social justice, law and religious freedom put his contemporary Christian 'civilisations' to shame.
"Good but only half of it useful"
I bought this book wanting to learn about Genghis Khan. Unfortunately only the first half of the book discusses him and the second part is about Kubel Khan and other leaders. I was disappointed the first half was not longer as this is what I wanted to read about. I feel this is not made clear in the book description.
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