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)
Let's not re write history, this is a completely ridiculous liberal slant on the most prolific rapist in history. I could not even finish the book. We do not gain self improvement by looking back on history with our more enlightened selves and trying to justify or reason away the way and change the way things were. You are supposed to learn from history... Make believe is for fiction!
You could think that genghis Khan was just a warlord. Yet, he was a great man, we owe him a lot and his story is one about love, passion, and greatness. Love this man and I loved this audiobook.
Audiobooks are great tool in dealing with my ADHD. They limit distractions while listening and I don't have to sit still. PS. I can't spell
I will admit that I couldn't finish listening to this book. It takes great skill to make Genghis Khan boring but Mr. Weatherford did. The stiff narration of Jonathan Davis perfectly complemented the writing, creating a title I couldn't even use to fall asleep. The experience was very dry and irritating, like getting sand in your eye.
I found the sections about Genghis and Kublai interesting but there were long digressions and the topic was too vast and unfocused. I didn't care for the narrator. Randomly stresses certain words, and the modulation feels choppy as if the editor pieced together sentences. I honestly couldn't wait for this book to finish, but I am very glad to have been imparted this info about Mongol history.
I really enjoyed listening to the author's presentation of Genghis Khan. I learned a lot I'd never known and the writing was clear. The second portion focuses on the people after the death of the great Khan and it is far less interesting and more difficult to follow.
Jonathan Davis is a fine voice actor, it's just that this book is rather long and dry and he doesn't really help it.
While this book does provide an interesting outlook on the Mongols, the writing itself is rather dry, even for a history book. Don't expect a balanced account of the Mongol's history either, the author very much is very much on one side about the Mongol's and expresses it through this book. As well as attempting to explain or justify the massacres and brutality of the Mongol's.
It's a dry book, with a a rather dry narrator, but an interesting book nonetheless. Overall it's not the most interesting history I've ever read/listened to, but good for an alternative view.
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...
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