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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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    Janice A. Gutierrez 05-30-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Fascinating!"

    This book was an oddly riveting very long history lesson that surprisingly held my attention to the very end. It opened up a whole new view point in regards to world history and left me wanting to hear more! I really appreciated this work!

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    Pepper Hill 05-28-16
    Pepper Hill 05-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Exceptional Historical Account"

    The author's commitment to understand the Mongol culture and history was evident throughout the book. A great reminder that the West did not achieve greatness through its own toil but were the benefactors of the genius of the Great Khan.

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    Sean Francis Averill 05-23-16
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    "Terrific"

    I very much feel as though I learned something from this book. Insightful and engaging, it took what was an area of misperception which I was unaware I even had and turned it into both a fascinating grasp of history and also a well of relevant ideas which pertain to the modern world. I'm appreciative of having the correction made to my understanding and to have enjoyed the experience it as well is simply icing on the cake.

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    Lorraine Karsgaard 05-23-16
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    "Enjoying History"

    I enjoy history, but this was a bit boring. I liked learning about the character of Genghis Kahn and his many accomplishments.

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    jeffrey 05-22-16
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    "More author than history."

    struggled to get through it. The author projected his world view at every opportunity. Gave the feeling you get when you see a Roman in a movie wearing a watch.

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    Nnaemeka Nwosu 05-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent, detailed and eye opening"

    An excellent body of work. Gives great insight into the history of Asia, Europe and the world as a whole.

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    "A master piece!!!!"

    So far one of the most incredible stories I have encountered the author takes you step by step 10213 Century mongolia and in many instances you will find yourself lost into this amazing world.

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    Clive Castro Valley, US, Canada 05-07-16
    Clive Castro Valley, US, Canada 05-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "great history but tries to hard"

    very interesting history that I knew very little about but as Western history has been very harsh on the mogul invasions, it goes a bit overboard trying to show them in a better light.

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    William 04-30-16
    William 04-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Revisiting history"

    Mr. Weatherford has written, if not a hagiography, then at least an apologia for history's greatest conqueror. Over reliance on a few sources weakens the case somewhat, but it remains very interesting throughout!

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    "Great Read"

    Great Read. Forgotten impressive history of a Titan that came from less than nothing to rule the world more through enlightment than might. Wish current world leaders could do the same. If only current leaders could learn from history.

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