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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.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©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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    Dan A. VanderPloeg 09-20-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Good book"

    This is a solid book not spectacular but with a listen. As a westerner sometimes the history of the east is glossed over. I learned much from this book.

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    Shelley Prince Rupert, BC, Canada 09-19-16
    Shelley Prince Rupert, BC, Canada 09-19-16
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    "Long but worth it"

    Initially I was not that engaged in this book but the farther I got into it the better I liked it. I am even contemplating listening to it again. There is so much information here.

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    C. Weakley Los Angeles, CA 09-17-16
    C. Weakley Los Angeles, CA 09-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful history with relevance to today..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It took me a long time to listen to this book, but it was very compelling and there is so much of the history that is relevant to today.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a view of Genghis Khan I had never heard, and seeing the impact that he had on modern times has changed my view of the world around me.


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    Mike Delaney 09-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Insightful and comprehensive!"

    The impression I had of this time period and what I envisioned of the Mongolians in this time period were so skewed by western views I hardly recognized this past empire. If you're like me and have very little knowledge of this past empire that literally had a direct hand in shaping the modern world, give this book a shot.

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    profcpa Los Angeles 09-14-16
    profcpa Los Angeles 09-14-16 Member Since 2013

    Mom in Calif.

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    "Changed my mind about Mongolia and Genghis Kahn"
    Would you listen to Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World again? Why?

    It was good but once is enough


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Chingas Kahn


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

    Are you kidding its a massive 23 hours long view of history.


    Any additional comments?

    The author really changed my mind about Chingas Kahn. The west views Kahn as a violent marauder, but in reality he was a great leader who united a country. Listen to the whole story unfold in this comprehensive and fascinating story.

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    David Meyer 09-12-16
    David Meyer 09-12-16
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    "Excellent listen."

    Loved it! I would recommend it to anyone who loves history. His level of influence on our modern world was under rated to me before.

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    George 09-08-16
    George 09-08-16
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    "Great info, history you won't find in your school"

    Great info, history you won't find in your school. You must also listen to Mr. Weatherford's "The Secret History of the Mongol Queens: How the Daughters of Genghis Khan Rescued His Empire"

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    Amazon Customer Foresthill, CA 08-19-16
    Amazon Customer Foresthill, CA 08-19-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Genghis Khan as a warm loving leader???"
    Would you try another book from Jack Weatherford and/or Jonathan Davis and Jack Weatherford ?

    Let's not re write history, this is a completely ridiculous liberal slant on the most prolific rapist in history. I could not even finish the book. We do not gain self improvement by looking back on history with our more enlightened selves and trying to justify or reason away the way and change the way things were. You are supposed to learn from history... Make believe is for fiction!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jack Weatherford again?

    no


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    saweder 08-11-16
    saweder 08-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great audiobook about a must read story"
    What made the experience of listening to Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World the most enjoyable?

    You could think that genghis Khan was just a warlord. Yet, he was a great man, we owe him a lot and his story is one about love, passion, and greatness. Love this man and I loved this audiobook.


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    Dave Upper Tantallon, NS, Canada 08-07-16
    Dave Upper Tantallon, NS, Canada 08-07-16 Member Since 2013

    Audiobooks are great tool in dealing with my ADHD. They limit distractions while listening and I don't have to sit still. PS. I can't spell

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    "Drink Plenty of Fuilds"

    I will admit that I couldn't finish listening to this book. It takes great skill to make Genghis Khan boring but Mr. Weatherford did. The stiff narration of Jonathan Davis perfectly complemented the writing, creating a title I couldn't even use to fall asleep. The experience was very dry and irritating, like getting sand in your eye.

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