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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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    "Mostly just liked the first half"
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    I liked the first half the most (the part about Genghis Khan), I started listening to the last half and it seemed like all the interesting stuff was done (all the innovations introduced by Genghis), so I stopped reading. But the first half was SUPER interesting.


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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"
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    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.


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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.

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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.


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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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