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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mom in Calif.
It was good but once is enough
Are you kidding its a massive 23 hours long view of history.
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.
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"
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!
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.
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
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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