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 was honestly surprised by how little I truly knew about the worlds greatest conquerer. The influence that is still in play from the Mongolian empire and the misconceptions of Genghis Khan will truly surprise most listeners. Not a barbarian but a innovator of culture. Not a destroyer but a utilizer of several cultures and technologies. Do yourself a favor and give this a listen. I know I will again!
Very interesting book, very informative. Quite boring at times. I had just finished a podcast series called Hardcore History following "The Wrath of the Khans" which was excellent (and I highly recommend to anyone interested in Mongol history). This was very educational but a step down in entertainment, so slightly harder to follow after finishing the podcast.
I loved best learning about how advanced he was in his thinking both politically and socially.
Marie antoinette by antonia Fraser. (sorry, capital "a" key is broken)
The Pope giving Holy Communion to the Khan's representative.
Genghis Kahn - the emperor you only think you know.
What a fascinating book. In a middle ages world in which only the courts and clergy were literate, Genghis Khan insisted on universal literacy for all his men and women. His acceptance of all religions was extraordinary at the time. The empire of the Khan enthusiastically embraced the artistic and craft abilities of the sedentary "conquered" regions without losing its basic nomadic center. and, of course, the Mongols opened up the trade routes between the East and West, thereby allowing a free flowing exchange of goods. knowledge, and, unfortunately, disease. This book gripped me from beginning to end.
Fascinating history and progress delivery through the conquests of the Mongolian Khans, primarily Genghis Khan. A new and unique approach to war and civilization. Why is it not in existence today?
Why aren't we taught this in school. He his Kahn was the greatest conquerer who ever lived. I highly recommend this book if you really want to learn some world history, not just European/American history.
Never covered Genghis Khan or the Mongols at school. I moved a lot, maybe that is why. Truly fascinating book though.
This was better than expected, although they do reference Marco Polo which may or may not be an historically accurate accounts. But what is, history is rewritten by the victors.
A must read/listen; a history untold in school but most revealing into the foundations of modern society, current conflicts, and technology. Much respect and admiration for Genghis Khan and his Mongol empire.
If you love to conquer, learn from genghis. The book shows you how we are molded by our environment and how you can waste your whole life trying to control the idiocy around you.
I enjoyed learning more than I had ever known before about this mysterious and amazing person.
The execution of one of the leading women of the court shocked and intrigued me. I still wonder what she did that upset the men so much.
Jonathan Davis' voice and tempo were perfect. I don't know that he brought anything to the story I wouldn't have gotten from just reading it myself other than the correct pronunciation of the often difficult-to-pronounce names and places. Mr. Weatherford's narration was a bit less engaging. His voice lacks something of the power and smoothness of Mr. Davis'. This is to be expected as he is a writer not a reader; however, I think I may have enjoyed the Epilogue and Afterword more had they been read by Mr. Davis.
No, not really.
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