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)
This was a history I knew nothing about, a history probably many people know nothing about, but one that has shaped the world as we know it. I thoroughly enjoyed this well researched book. Definitely going to look for more Jack Weatherford books and read more on this subject.
I was happily surprised and impressed by the depth and breadth of the research that went into the telling of this lost history of Genghis Khan... and I really enjoyed learning so much more than I ever imagined about the important and relevant and compelling contributions his influence and beliefs had on the cultures he overtook and assimilated into the Mongol Empire that changed so much of the known world of his time... and our present world cultures, now.
I found it an enlightening rich story telling of history. It is written in a way that is so much more interesting to read about than anything I read in history class. I thought it was a great read...
I loved the story form of how this was told. An excellent narrator who kept me on the edge of my seat, I was never bored. I read this to prepare for my trip to Mongolia. This book will make my experience so much richer.
This us a must read. Much of this history came from work in the 1990s. Shakes your understanding of world history.
A simpleton, brilliant administrator, strength discipline not brilliance, Genghis Khan. Built a empire from ground up, didn't consider building an artist and cultural legacy.
Interesting insight and information on the life of a man who was a murderer, a king beyond compare and a saint all rolled into one. How the Mughals had barely anything in common with them and as an Indian a new insight on the so called Mughals. Bad imitators of the true king. A very thoughtful provoking persona.
But still the ultimate truth that a man wins the world and looses by the hands of his own
I only bought this book because it was on sale but it turned out to be a fabulous read. Who knew that jenghis Khan was such a brilliant administrator Kama Progressive thinker, and you neither of different cultures? I highly recommend this book for anyone who is interested in history, management, or culture.
Yes, history is often easier to listen to than read.
The most interesting was the way Ghenkis Khan changed the cultural values of his tribe and initiated very modern ideas.
The narrator is easy to listen to and ordinarily I would not choose this type of historical text.
No, it is difficult to do and some of the accounts are incredibly violent.
Well worth listening to!
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