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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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    Justin J Bradbury 04-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fascinating!"

    Well worth the time- I loved the insight to a part of our world history that we do not get enough exposure to here in the west.

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    Rockysgal 04-28-15
    Rockysgal 04-28-15

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    "Greatest book I've ever taken in"

    I feel so incredibly enriched by this book
    Horrified to have been so ignorant about so much history
    And like all great books it makes me want more.
    Well done!!!

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    Ron 04-27-15
    Ron 04-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Simply Fascinating"
    What made the experience of listening to Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World the most enjoyable?

    The narrator does a great job of taking Weatherford's words and putting the reader on the steppe with Genghis Khan and takes the reader on a journey through the time of the rise and fall of the Mongol Empire.


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

    This is really my first historical audio-book so I have nothing to compare to from that angle, however for some reason I was constantly reminded of Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs and Steel while listening to this book. I think the main reason for that was because my takeaway from Diamond's book was a highlight of Westernization and I felt excuses were made for other parts of the world not succeeding and thriving, yet the Mongol Empire is an affront to that opinion.


    What about Jonathan Davis and Jack Weatherford ’s performance did you like?

    Davis just does an amazing job of adding so much passion and feeling for this story particularly during pivotal moments throughout the story. Davis is more than narrating the tale, he is acting it out for us which ultimately draws the reader in closer providing a more captivating experience.

    The final chapters by Weatherford himself are equally epic in nature as Jack tells us in his own words and feelings of the details and hardships he endures while gathering the information needed for this book and they are very much appreciated.


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

    There were a few parts where Genghis Khan cries to the mountain about his path, his continuing war with his childhood friend and of course the problems he had with his sons close to the time of his death.

    Jack Weatherford's narration of the journey to Genghis Khan's perceived homeland was nothing short of moving.


    Any additional comments?

    I felt that Jack Weatherford's admiration of Genghis Khan was palatable throughout this story and I was expecting more details of the doom and gloom surrounding Genghis Khan and the 20-50 million people that died as a result of his actions.

    As these details were not sufficiently covered to my liking, I will continue to learn about Genghis Khan to the point where I can find a complete perspective of the man to obtain a more complete understanding of him and the effects of his life and decisions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dreadsin 04-26-15
    Dreadsin 04-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "The kind of history that reads like a novel"
    Would you listen to Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World again? Why?

    This is perhaps one of my favorite historical books. One amazing thing about this book is it reaches from the late 12th century into around the modern day (~1945).
    It is quite informative, despite having a few factual discrepancies. However, how it is recited reads like any great movie or fictional story would read while also providing factual background into the culture of the Steppe.


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

    Alas, pretty much telling any of it would be spoilers, but surprisingly, there were quite a few.


    Any additional comments?

    One thing I noticed about this book, which may lead to some contention among readers, is that its account of Genghis Khan is _very_ favorable. For example, in the Middle East, it is thought that the death toll of Genghis Khan's campaigns reached up to around 15 million, destroyed infastructure, and ruined agriculture for possibly centuries to come. A census of China between 1195 and 1235 shows a decrease in population from around 50 million to 8.5 million. There seems to be very little mention of this in the book.

    Conversely, when speaking of Genghis Khan's uniting of the Steppe peoples, it goes into a good deal of detail showing how Genghis brought law and order to where there was once boundless chaos. The ending of the book seemed to paint a positively uplifing view of Genghis.

    Take the tone of this book with a grain of salt -- be sure to keep in mind that this is a very one-sided view of the conqueror. Try reading from the other sides to get a more three-dimensional view, such as Rashid-al-Din Hamadani account.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    E. Michael 04-24-15
    E. Michael 04-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic"

    Very good. Weatherford weaves a fantastic narrative while educating all along the way. Great narration too

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    Kim Ryan 04-23-15
    Kim Ryan 04-23-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Absolutely riveting book. Highly recommend!"

    Has instilled in me a deep respect for this great leader, as well as the sacrifices of the scholars who worked to preserve the sacred, secret history. The book seemed long at times, but what else would suffice for the many centuries of impact Genghis Khan has had on our world?! I am stunned that this story is only now being brought to light, and thankful to have had the opportunity to listen!

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    cate edwards 04-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "SO INTERESTING AND STIMULATING!!"

    I will listen to this again and again. So well researched and very engaging. Just amazing history. They really build the complex character of Genghis Khan and this exciting huge slice of history. A very impressive research and writing undertaking . Great readers too.

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    toni Vero Beach, FL, United States 04-21-15
    toni Vero Beach, FL, United States 04-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Untold and important"

    Who knew? We have had so much revisionist history that this is fascinating and edifying all at the same time.

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    M. Grant New Zealand 04-19-15
    M. Grant New Zealand 04-19-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Better than fiction"
    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Enthralled by a time of history that the western world has been so misinformed about.


    Any additional comments?

    It has been one of the few books that I have kept telling people about.

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    AK 04-16-15
    AK 04-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Unexpected gem"

    The amount of work and research that has gone into this work is impressive. Detailed yet balanced. It is sure to change your perspective on Mongol history and the way we are often taught to perceive the past

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  • Simone
    CambridgeUnited Kingdom
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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...

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    4/27/15
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    "Good but only half of it useful"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I bought this book wanting to learn about Genghis Khan. Unfortunately only the first half of the book discusses him and the second part is about Kubel Khan and other leaders. I was disappointed the first half was not longer as this is what I wanted to read about. I feel this is not made clear in the book description.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    7/7/14
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    "A new outlook towards the traditional history"
    If you could sum up Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World in three words, what would they be?

    A very important part of the history spanning for 4-5 decades and influencing every aspect of modern civilisation. Very little credit has been given to this and very few books available in english.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Genghis Khan and Kubel Khan and their regime.


    What about Jack Weatherford and Jonathan Davis ’s performance did you like?

    Excellent piece of work, highlighting religious tolerance and meritocracy propagated by Genghis khan.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Must read for everyone as. The book changes the outlook towards history and makes you think before accepting anybody view of the history in the future.

    1 of 1 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.

    0 of 0 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.

    0 of 0 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.

    0 of 0 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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nicholas Bennett
    Caernarfon, Gwynedd United Kingdom
    8/19/15
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    "Highly recommended"

    Fantastic book, very well researched and balanced. An essential read to all people interested in world history.

    0 of 0 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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