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Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World Audiobook

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

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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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    Irreverent 08-01-16
    Irreverent 08-01-16
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    "Topic interesting but"

    I found the sections about Genghis and Kublai interesting but there were long digressions and the topic was too vast and unfocused. I didn't care for the narrator. Randomly stresses certain words, and the modulation feels choppy as if the editor pieced together sentences. I honestly couldn't wait for this book to finish, but I am very glad to have been imparted this info about Mongol history.

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    Tyler 07-26-16
    Tyler 07-26-16 Member Since 2014
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    "First have better than the second"

    I really enjoyed listening to the author's presentation of Genghis Khan. I learned a lot I'd never known and the writing was clear. The second portion focuses on the people after the death of the great Khan and it is far less interesting and more difficult to follow.

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    Joseph McGuire California, USA 07-13-16
    Joseph McGuire California, USA 07-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Don't Love Voice Actor and Writing is Rather Dry"

    Jonathan Davis is a fine voice actor, it's just that this book is rather long and dry and he doesn't really help it.

    While this book does provide an interesting outlook on the Mongols, the writing itself is rather dry, even for a history book. Don't expect a balanced account of the Mongol's history either, the author very much is very much on one side about the Mongol's and expresses it through this book. As well as attempting to explain or justify the massacres and brutality of the Mongol's.

    It's a dry book, with a a rather dry narrator, but an interesting book nonetheless. Overall it's not the most interesting history I've ever read/listened to, but good for an alternative view.

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    The Guardian 07-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "what a great story"

    this was an incredible book. full of so much information. you will never look at the Mongols the same again.

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    Debbie Todd 07-03-16
    Debbie Todd 07-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Feeling enlightened"

    This was a history I knew nothing about, a history probably many people know nothing about, but one that has shaped the world as we know it. I thoroughly enjoyed this well researched book. Definitely going to look for more Jack Weatherford books and read more on this subject.

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    toni 07-02-16
    toni 07-02-16 Member Since 2007
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    "Great story telling of an historical figure I knew only by name, and little more..."

    I was happily surprised and impressed by the depth and breadth of the research that went into the telling of this lost history of Genghis Khan... and I really enjoyed learning so much more than I ever imagined about the important and relevant and compelling contributions his influence and beliefs had on the cultures he overtook and assimilated into the Mongol Empire that changed so much of the known world of his time... and our present world cultures, now.
    I found it an enlightening rich story telling of history. It is written in a way that is so much more interesting to read about than anything I read in history class. I thought it was a great read...

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    James Brady AMERICAN FORK, UT, US 07-01-16
    James Brady AMERICAN FORK, UT, US 07-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Worthy of review"

    89th book this year. Best leadership book I have ever read hahaha
    Amazing amazing
    Amazing

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    Marilee Green 06-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fascinating history that has come to light only in recent time"

    I loved the story form of how this was told. An excellent narrator who kept me on the edge of my seat, I was never bored. I read this to prepare for my trip to Mongolia. This book will make my experience so much richer.

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    Mike Reiter 06-29-16
    Mike Reiter 06-29-16 Member Since 2013
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    "I guess the Mongols needed a cheerleader?"

    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.

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    Kelly Carter georgia 06-24-16
    Kelly Carter georgia 06-24-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Mind blowing, history that all should kbow"

    This us a must read. Much of this history came from work in the 1990s. Shakes your understanding of world history.

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