This taught me a lot while being entertaining at the same time. The subject is well written and well researched. The reader presents the material well and makes it easy to follow. There is a lot of good story here and while being a history buff would help it is not required to enjoy this work.
Genghis Khan - the book is mostly about him.
Yes - facinating
This book completely changed my view of the Mongols - I was completely amazed at how progressive and enlightened their rule was once they had conquered countries. He author provides an incredible slice of little known history - and shows how many of the main features of the Mongol empire prefigured our modern world.
This is a fascinating revelation of a swathe of history which was completely new to me and had me completely revise my understanding of the stereotypical view of Genghis as barbarian leader of barbarian hordes.
Clear, detailed research synthesised into engaging sequential narrative from the generation before through to several generations after Genghis by a reader clear in the pronunciation of unfamiliar names of people and places make for an utterly fascinating story in a very listenable package.
Genghis Khan, although a brutal conqueror, created the foundations of a civil society that established religious freedom, diversity of culture and a system of laws to serve all people regardless of status or wealth.
This is a history of the modern world that we should all be aware of, although, few if any are. You will discover that Genghis Khan was the greatest leader the world is ever known.
Great topic from a different perspective than I have ever previously heard.
No. I listened to it over 3 days while at work.
Very interesting book. Gives a very unique and exciting perspective. Before listening to this I didn't realize the profound impact khan had on the world, many of which shaped the world as we know it today.
I got this book on a recommendation and I never would have guessed how much I would enjoy it. It filled a huge gap in my understanding of world history and reversed misconceptions. After I finished the book I noticed the PDF of the family tree. I wish I had found that earlier. I also wish there had been a PDF glossary of frequently used words.
I may buy this book now in print so I can re-enjoy at leisure.
I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.
I found this a delightful surprise. It's a fascinating look at another empire and the making of one out of such a foreign world as the mongols. Quite eye opening.
It is astounding how the myths of an age can become so complicated over time and the intentional manipulation of political goals. This is truly an eye opener on one of the greatest empires that has existed and the many positive influences it has had on our modern societies.
Fascinating, I love hearing about the Mongols and how they overcame the world! It is like Darwin said, it is not the strongest that survives but that most adaptable to change. The Mongols were such a threat on the battlefield because they were the most mobile and adaptable to change.
This book not only covers what happened, but also explains how these events affected history. It is serious history without being dry. Some history writers are writing only for other historians. This book is accessible to amateurs without being to simple.