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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.

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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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    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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    Jeremy BELLEVUE, NE, United States 01-28-13
    Jeremy BELLEVUE, NE, United States 01-28-13
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    "The Missing Piece of History"

    A well-written, engaging and facinating story about a part of history that's often little more then a footnote in American history textbooks. It's well known that Gengis Khan very nearly conquered the entire world, but what does that actually mean?

    This book answers that question.

    The part I found most facinating was the stories about the early life of the boy that would grow up to become the Universal Ruler. Like many stories about the origins of great people, you have to take it with a certain level of skepticism, but regardless whether it is true or not, it's a good story.

    The one thing I didn't like; this book glorifies the rise of the Mongol Empire and, of course, Genghis Khan in particular. It details how this event shaped the world we now live in and how much better the world is for it. It tends to gloss over the fact that the man was a butcher. It downplays the horrors inflicted upon the conquered people in favor of the great rewards the world reaped as a result of their suffering. While the authors could easily go overboard with the grizzly details of slaughter, it is worth more then just the occasional passing reference.

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    bryan Indianapolis, INDIANA, United States 01-21-13
    bryan Indianapolis, INDIANA, United States 01-21-13

    I enjoy non fiction almost exclusively and especially love the history of Rome, the conquest of the Americas, and early American history from the founding of the earliest colonial settlements to the Antebellum rise of the United States.

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    "World's Greatest!"

    Excellent, well written, and well read history of the Mongols. This a great starting point for an overall view of the great Kahn and of the Mongols in general. I was only familiar with the vague story of the rise and rule of Ghengis Kahn and this was a fantastic exploration! The accounts of some of the battles, the tactics, weapons, and strategies were endlessly fascinating and descriptive; full of emotion and even tension.
    The flexibility of the Mongols to learn and apply knowledge and technology is hardly less than impressive. This fact and the relentless determination and perseverance of the Mongol people nearly guaranteed them success until they strayed too far from their own humble beginnings.
    The Mongols affected nearly the entire world; if you did not realize this, this book is for YOU!

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    B. Berg 01-15-13
    B. Berg 01-15-13 Member Since 2014
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    "A new perspective"

    It is always fun to cut through the untruths that fill out history books. We were all taught that Genghis Khan was one of the most blood thirsty barbarians that has ever lived. The truth always being more complex, we find that he was a brilliant general who united territories and countries in to an empire.

    Highly informative and worth the time investment. It gets repetitive at times, but overall conveys a new perspective on what I once believed to be a barbarian leader and empire and its impacts on history and today.

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    Jack Baton Rouge, LA, United States 09-04-12
    Jack Baton Rouge, LA, United States 09-04-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A good history lesson."
    What did you like best about Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World? What did you like least?

    Reading this certainly improved my knowledge about this important historical figure.I didn't realize that there were positive aspects to his rule.


    Would you recommend Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend to history buffs.


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

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    Do you think Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I believe the subject was covered adequately so that there is no need for a follow-up book.


    Any additional comments?

    Some of the positive developments in civilization attributed to Genghis Khan I believe are overstated. After all the Romans and Greeks had a pretty organized society.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ricardo Sao Paulo, Brazil 08-28-12
    Ricardo Sao Paulo, Brazil 08-28-12
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    "Very good, tell us about before and after GenghisK"

    Very interesting and enriching. Learn about history on Asia and importance of Genghis Khan and Mongol Empire. A little too long sometimes, but worthwhile to listen from beginning to end.

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    Russell 08-27-12
    Russell 08-27-12

    Like mysteries, not much in to SciFi, hate vampire books. Like most all years of history.

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    "Mongol Hordes Explained"

    This a a great book with a lot of new details you may not have heard about Genghis Khan and his family. I was not very familiar with the history of the Mongols but after listening to this book I was in awe of their accomplishments both on and off the battlefield. While their fighting prowess was the stuff of legends, their governing of conquered countries and encouragement of trade was pretty astonishing. If you like history in this time period, this is a must listen.

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    Jeffrey Petaluma, CA, United States 06-06-12
    Jeffrey Petaluma, CA, United States 06-06-12 Member Since 2014
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    "A good book to put other histories together."

    This book is one of the ones that brings other histories together. When you read other stories that say “then came Genghis khan”, now I know what that means.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tom Lincoln, CA, United States 12-12-10
    Tom Lincoln, CA, United States 12-12-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Genghis Khan and making modern world"

    This part of our history i really never got other than the movie make. Much better understanding about the Khan people and how strong they were.

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    Clint blacklick, OH, United States 11-05-10
    Clint blacklick, OH, United States 11-05-10
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    "AMAZING"

    If you love history, then listen. Gets kind of slow when describing his childhood but stick it out. It makes William Wallace seem like rookie.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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