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)
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The Bible. A lot of life lessons.
Audiobooks have scenes?
A lot of, "Holy Shit" moments
Read this book when you have time to pay close attention to it. This tells the story of centuries of Eastern and Western history. Our cultural, commercial and social development is revealed in new light, framed by our previously unknown relationship to the life and legacy of Genghis Khan. Fabulous book!
I'm not much in the repeat reading/listening, so I'm the wrong person to ask.
sections dealing with the non-military aspects of this guy. Fascinating.
A great book. I read a lot of history, and am embarrassed to confess my ignorance to what this guy (and *some* of his descendants) were able to do and how in some ways they implemented a more "just" and "humane" society than what we have today.
I loved learning about the great heritage left in the world by Genghis Khan, as well as his attitude towards women. I followed up with the Mongol Queens and got a broader view of their challenges. I enjoyed the way the story was told, as well as the view of his achievements. Well worth listening to.
Yes; despite its length, every chapter of the book is fascinating in its own right. The author delves into details of the reign of the Mongols without trivializing or lecturing.
Probably not, the scope of the subject would be mildly overwhelming.
This book finally lends truth and facts to OUR history as a whole. Almost every culture and race can trace their lineage back to the era of this great leader.
The book begins with the story of Genghis Khan, but he dies less than half way through. From there things meander from his offspring, to various other people like Marco Polo, and even a section about the Black Death. By far my favorite part of this audio book came at the very end. The author speaks directly to the listener about the life and times of Genghis Khan. That small section was just wonderful.
This was a well written and thoroughly researched work on the life and times of Genghis Khan, his descendants, and the effects that their empire had upon the world. I knew bits of the story from history classes taken over the course of my school years, and from the occasional TV documentary and movie I had seen as my life progressed. Having read this book, I find myself compelled to discard all that I thought I knew about Genghis Khan, Kublai Khan, and the Mongol people of history and of the present day. The last chapter is narrated by the author and explains not only his interest in his subject, but the extensive efforts he made, in person and on site, to research the true story behind the legend. Turns out there are reasons, not many of them admirable, that we have all been in the dark about the admirable aspects of the Mongol leaders and their empire. If you are a fan of history, I think you will find this book most satisfying and enlightening.
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