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Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World Audiobook

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.

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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    James 10-24-15
    James 10-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent"

    I loved the way this book describes how a misunderstanding of Genghis Khan's role in history led to a fear of Asians in general.

    Very well researched with a great personal touch in the afterword about the author's experience in Mongolia

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    Thabiso 10-13-15
    Thabiso 10-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Religion and culture"

    The influence on religion and culture is unprecedented. Like Darwin, it's survival of the toughest

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    L. Campbell Fairfax, va 10-01-15
    L. Campbell Fairfax, va 10-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing"

    One of the best non-fiction books I've ever read. Especially the final chapter read by the author.

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    Spencer United States 09-01-15
    Spencer United States 09-01-15 Member Since 2005
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version.


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

    The whole story was fascinating from beginning to end. The fact that he and his heirs subdued almost the entire world, from horseback coupled with the family dynamics and mongol culture.


    What does Jonathan Davis and Jack Weatherford bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The ability to listen while traveling. They have well paced deliveries with objective narration.


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

    The military genius of Gengis.


    Any additional comments?

    For history lovers this is a story not to be missed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Johnson Baltimore, Maryland USA 09-01-15
    Thomas Johnson Baltimore, Maryland USA 09-01-15 Member Since 2010

    Professional Nurse love to cook Democratic and conservative.

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    "The Great Khan"

    This book is long but a true history of Khan & family. They left a mark on society future

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    1MACVSOG1 08-21-15
    1MACVSOG1 08-21-15 Member Since 2010
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    "the very best book you wil read"

    so detailed it outstanding Jack has lived with them a studied the secret history in depth

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    Chrissie Johannesburg, South Africa 08-16-15
    Chrissie Johannesburg, South Africa 08-16-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved it, was glued to it."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it opened up a part of history I know little about.


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

    Can't really say, but would happily listen to any more like it. I make him interesting.


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

    It wasn't that kind of book really.


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

    It wasn't that kind of book, though I liked the insight into personality, though need to read more if I can on Genghis Khan to see if I can get a more rounded view.


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    Patrick Graham 08-13-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great read!"
    What did you love best about Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World?

    After reading Conn Iggulden's amazing books, this was a great follow up. Learn how the Monguls chapped the world we live in today.


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

    Yes


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    Rob APO, AA USA 08-09-15
    Rob APO, AA USA 08-09-15 Member Since 2014

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    "A must read"

    Great life lessons as to who and why we are the planet we are today

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    Burt 07-26-15
    Burt 07-26-15

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    "Excellent Review of Genghis Khan's legacy"

    This book clarifies how Genghis Khan modernized us with his vision and rules he created.

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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.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    4/7/16
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    "The best book I may have ever read."

    Jack Weatherford actually makes you feel like you are there, unseen as you witness history unfold. I didn't know we owe so much of our modern culture and way of thinking to the Mongals. Such a terrific story. I'm quite sad now that I've finished the book.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Tristan Fisher
    1/30/16
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    "An excellent history."

    Starting and focusing on the life of Genghis Khan this book manages to give a insightful look at the rise and eventual fall of the mongol empire founded by Genghis Khan.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Scythian
    11/24/15
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    "A book that fully illustrates the power of history"

    This is fascinating interpretation of the history of the Mongol empire and it's Khans, particularly Genghis Khan and their influence, direct or otherwise, to the modern world, and long overdue recognition of its contribution to the modern western world.
    This, to me, illustrates the importance of history, and how from it we learn to understand more of what we have now, and could have in the future. I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of this, and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone interested in seeing the world from a different perspective.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • David Jackson
    9/18/15
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    "simply amazing"

    I thought I knew something about the Mongol Empire. I was wrong. This book has shown me the richness of the legacy of an empire that changed the course of all of world history in infinite ways but of which my education has taught me next to nothing. I am incredibly thankful for having come across this book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Y. Syed
    Somewhere in Internet Land
    6/8/15
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    "An excellent and honest account"

    Learned a great deal from this.
    So much about this period was completely unknown to me; it is great to fill in a few of the gaps.
    My views on both Genghis Khan and the Mongols has changed, greatly.
    Looking forward to reading more around this subject.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mukesh
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    6/5/15
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    "Great book"

    I really did not know much about Genghis Khan and this book was brilliant in teaching me something. The narrator was so impressive. It is one of the best books that I have listened to.

    4 of 4 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?

    .


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Lewis
    9/4/15
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    "Hoorah"

    Amazing and insightful listen that shows us how a more complete understanding of the a Mongol Empire and its surprising triumphs

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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