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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.

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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    Daniel Wyatt Colorado Springs 11-28-14
    Daniel Wyatt Colorado Springs 11-28-14 Member Since 2015

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    "Eye Opening and very interesting"
    What made the experience of listening to Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World the most enjoyable?

    The details....I felt that I was listening to a real professor but a professor who was interesting. The book seems to have all the interesting parts of Genghis Khan.


    What other book might you compare Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World to and why?

    I wouldn't


    What three words best describe Jonathan Davis and Jack Weatherford ’s performance?

    Expressive, Easy, Clear


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

    No


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    jeroen kolkman 11-14-14 Member Since 2013
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    "very interesting"
    What made the experience of listening to Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World the most enjoyable?

    very interesting, and under-appreciated part of history. Lots of new interesting facts and stories about these brave conquerors, empirebuilders and merchands


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    Ron Quartel 10-15-14
    Ron Quartel 10-15-14
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    "Blew my mind! Now one of my top 10 books"
    If you could sum up Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World in three words, what would they be?

    lost history uncovered


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mongols in peace. The Mongols were not only masters of war but of commerce and peace.


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

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    CHET YARBROUGH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 06-17-14
    CHET YARBROUGH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 06-17-14 Member Since 2015

    Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.

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    "REVISIONIST HISTORY"

    Revisionist history is a speculative business; particularly when corroborating evidence is scarce and documentation is based on translation. Like the new testament’s record of Jesus’s life, “The Secret History of the Mongols” is a translation, years after Genghis Khan’s death. The original Mongolian document is missing. The only surviving written record of “The Secret History of the Mongols” is a translation by Chinese scribes. The Chinese translation is bound by the limitations of the translator’s culture.

    Jack Weatherford, the author of this revisionist history recreates a credible story of Genghis Kahn’s life based on China’s translation of “The Secret History…” Weatherford, educated as an anthropologist, visits the homeland of Genghis’s birth and spends time discussing the history of Genghis with Mongol’ descendants.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andres Carrandi Mexico City 05-16-14
    Andres Carrandi Mexico City 05-16-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent book, altogether!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely. The narrator makes it really easy to follow and get hooked.


    What other book might you compare Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World to and why?

    The Last Speakers by David Harrison, in the sense that it is great non-fiction that is easily approachable for anyone, while remaining highly informative.


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Davis and Jack Weatherford – was your favorite?

    No characters, but Mr Davis was great in conveying a sense of interest in the story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, but I was really hooked.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rolando West Valley City, Utah, United States 05-14-14
    Rolando West Valley City, Utah, United States 05-14-14 Member Since 2013
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    "I never would have believed it!"

    If I were to tell you about a leader that was responsible for abolishing torture, granting universal religious freedom, establishing international postal systems, creating the first internationally accepted form of paper currency, creating an alphabet so that people of diverse regions and languages could speak to each other, creating a judicial system with an established court of appeals and so many other innovative progressive systems in a world that was accustomed to centuries of intertribal conflicts, would you guess that I was talking about Genghis Khan. Genghis Khan was responsible for all of that and he was a brilliant military leader whose tactics have been used in modern warfare. I would never have believed this story but the research and references that the author used makes this story indisputable. Read it, you will be amazed and saddened that the world has painted this wonderful leader as a monster.

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    C. Elliott 05-13-14
    C. Elliott 05-13-14
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    "Thorough and engaging!"

    What a great read! I'm just a middle-aged American housewife with no ties to Asia or any detailed knowledge of the area, other than what is commonly known, and yet I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author wrote with obvious respect for the people and culture he described. Despite being a "history book," this was one I was reluctant to put down, and always looked forward to being able to continue as soon as my present task was over. I recommend it to anyone.

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    Stacy STILLWATER, OK, United States 05-04-14
    Stacy STILLWATER, OK, United States 05-04-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Fascinating and Illuminating"

    Completely engaging and accessible, this book is a fascinating biography of one of history's most influential individuals. Genghis Khan is responsible for originating some of the most innovative military strategies, uniting and making wealthy the warring Mongol tribes, creating the largest trading economy, and various other groundbreaking concepts such as diplomatic immunity, full religious tolerance, widows' inheritances, meritocratic promotions, etc. Unjustly vilified, Genghis Khan was not the cruel and brutal savage I had always believed him to be. He was truly an outstanding and compelling personality that permanently changed the course of history.

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    david Pretoria, South Africa 04-12-14
    david Pretoria, South Africa 04-12-14
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    "Phenomenal"

    One of the best and most interesting reads I have had the privilege, in this case, of listening too

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    Lou Echeandia Shelby Twp, MI USA 03-05-14
    Lou Echeandia Shelby Twp, MI USA 03-05-14 Member Since 2012
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    "So glad I decided to pick up this book."
    If you could sum up Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World in three words, what would they be?

    Thrilling, fascinating, enlightening


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World?

    The founding of the city Beijing


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The reference to sources providing legitimacy of the text


    Any additional comments?

    I am reminded that early human history is my most favorite topic and it is becoming a passion.

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  • Simone
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    "Amazing! Wonderful! Couldn't get enough!"

    I stumbled onto this one by chance, and quickly grew to love it -- who'd ever know that much about the Mongols and how they changed the world? Years of research have gone into this book, and it shows. The 'Secret History', an original Mongol document about Gengis Khan's life, only became available for researchers quite recently, so there is now a wealth of brand new information. Many surprises, many really astonishing facts are waiting for the listener! The prose is at the right pace, not patronizing, not too scientific. One can also feel how much the author simply loves Mongolia... Good reader too. I simply couldn't get enough and was thirsting for more when it was over. I am now going to read his other books...

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  • Philip Heydebreck
    1/25/15
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    "Liked it so much I didn't want it to end"
    Would you listen to Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World again? Why?

    I actually already did start to listen to it again. This book is so packed full of interesting stories and information, I found it hard to retain them all from one listen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World?

    I never thought a history book would keep me so entertained and interested. This one certainely did, the story of Gengis Kahn and his sucessors is told so well it almost reads like a novel. I loved the way this book changed my understanding of world history, illustrating the impact of the mongol empire on the world.


    What about Jack Weatherford and Jonathan Davis ’s performance did you like?

    Despite being packed with historical information, place names, dates and significant people, this book does not read like a history book at all. The story flows incredibly well and keeps you coming back for more. The reader has a voice that is very nice to listen to, becomes noticable when the reader changes for the afteroword.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I wouldn't say "moved" but I did get excited about this book and recommended it to friends and family.


    Any additional comments?

    The ultimate measure of a non-fiction book must be if it changes the way you think and see the world. This one absolutely changed my understanding of history.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    7/7/14
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    "A new outlook towards the traditional history"
    If you could sum up Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World in three words, what would they be?

    A very important part of the history spanning for 4-5 decades and influencing every aspect of modern civilisation. Very little credit has been given to this and very few books available in english.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Genghis Khan and Kubel Khan and their regime.


    What about Jack Weatherford and Jonathan Davis ’s performance did you like?

    Excellent piece of work, highlighting religious tolerance and meritocracy propagated by Genghis khan.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Must read for everyone as. The book changes the outlook towards history and makes you think before accepting anybody view of the history in the future.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bookworm007
    5/2/15
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    "Enlightening"
    What did you like most about Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World?

    An eye opening history. Contrary to the popular mythology Genghis Khan succeeded through marshalling trade, multiculturalism and meritocracy. His attitudes to social justice, law and religious freedom put his contemporary Christian 'civilisations' to shame.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    .


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    4/27/15
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    "Good but only half of it useful"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I bought this book wanting to learn about Genghis Khan. Unfortunately only the first half of the book discusses him and the second part is about Kubel Khan and other leaders. I was disappointed the first half was not longer as this is what I wanted to read about. I feel this is not made clear in the book description.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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