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)
Many parallels to today's Special Operations tactics. Very well narrated holds ones interest. Guess now I will have to read about the Queens...
Loved this audio book. Extremely interesting and informative. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in learning more about the Mongols or history in general.
Made me feel so many emotions of a young poor boy who becomes of the best leaders of the human experience. Very detailed and riveting account of the politics of his time. The book shows how he managed everything and changed the world in doing so.
Having only known about Genghis Khan and the Mongols through Hollywood pop culture this book completely opened my eyes. So many things we take for granted today or mistakenly believe was created by Western culture is in fact a direct creation or result of the Mongol Empire. My favourite parts of the book actually involve Kublai Khan. Paper currency, public schooling, and so many other modern day accomplishments thanks to his rule.
But most impressive was the way the Mongol Empire successfully dealt with multiculturalism and attitudes towards other religions. Something the West today could learn a lot from.
I thought it was well written, crisp, and broad. That is not always desirable in a history book, but I wasn't terribly familiar with Mongolian history, and most of what I knew about the Khans was a brief review in high school. So this served as a nice primer and general overview, and noted the many various ways Genghis Khan and his successors impacted our modern life was fascinating. For someone deeply familiar with Mongol or Chinese history, this may not be quite deep enough, but for anyone unfamiliar or just beginning it is worth the read!
I previously started this and gave up, but then had renewed interest after watching the Netflix Marco Polo series. It a dryly told history, not a historical fiction, it tries to keep to facts and facts from that time are sparse. It's more like a thesis but was still worth listening to as the history is interesting.
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