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Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World Audiobook

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

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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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    Barbara Marks 08-02-11 Member Since 2017
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    "Fantastic!"

    I got this audiobook because it won a best listen award and I figured, what did I have to lose? I was not disappointed. I am now a self-proclaimed Ghengis Kahn-aphile. It was a fantastic gym/work/commute listen. I have recommended it to pretty much anyone who will listen to me ramble on about how much of what we have accomplished and take for granted in our modern world actually originated centuries ago from the vision, actions, and genius of one (what we would call uneducated) man. I have even downloaded this audiobook to my dad's iPod, for which as far as I'm concerned, is the reason we have iPods. It's not every day you come across something that changes and enlightens your perspective of the world you live in and I thank Mr. Weatherford for compiling this compelling biography of this mysterious man. I think I may press play and listen to it again right now.

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    Dan Issaquah, WA, United States 07-28-11
    Dan Issaquah, WA, United States 07-28-11 Member Since 2017
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    "Good, plain history. Making the Modern World?"

    While I finished the book, and was satisfied with both it and the reader, I felt it had a few weaknesses as well.

    The history the book covered was interesting, and new to me, and seemed to be drawn from a variety of primary and secondary source materials. While a bit dry, I never found myself bored.

    But the title, "...and the Making of the Modern World" had led me to expect that this would be a stronger theme. Examples were certainly called out - Temujin promoting people based on merit rather than family ties, the empire's communication system, topics involving currency and mathematics - but I never felt we really "dug into" these innovations in a meaty and complete way, fully tracing them from their origins to their adoption by other peoples, and finally through to their long-term impact.

    I'm all for setting the record straight on Mongol achievements, but I felt the title set me up with an expectation the book didn't fully deliver on. I was not expecting a straightforward history - good, but plain all the same.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    elaine providence, RI, United States 07-18-11
    elaine providence, RI, United States 07-18-11
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    "Genghis Khan"

    I had only the foggiest notion of Genghis Khan before I started listening to this. It's a trip back into time into a place, a culture, a life so different from whar we know from Western history, that it gripped me from the start. Highly recommended

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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 06-21-11
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 06-21-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Great book"

    I absolutely loved this book and overall, I thought the book just got better and better as the book went on. Very interesting!

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    Deep Reader 06-12-11
    Deep Reader 06-12-11
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    "Very Educational"

    This is a very educational and interesting look into the life of one of the most influential characters in history. I have learned a lot about him from this audiobook.

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    Paul 03-30-11
    Paul 03-30-11
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    "A secret history - well worth reading"

    I have been to Ulan Batur three years ago and wish that I had heard this book before I did. Mongolians worship Genghis and now I see why. I am concerned that western history is so deficient in recording Genghis' victories and his "civilizing" ideas. Truly an example of European christian re-writing of history. I cannot wait to return to Outer Mongolia with better knowledge of the country's and its people's history.

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    Chris Willits, CA, United States 12-21-10
    Chris Willits, CA, United States 12-21-10 Member Since 2007
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    "WOW"

    Great listen. Very good story and well presented. I guess I need to write 15 words.

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    Richard 11-02-10
    Richard 11-02-10 Member Since 2013
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    "engaging and enlightening"

    well paced and easy to follow, the book present a sweeping insight into the lasting effects of Genghis Khan...

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    John K. Sanders 10-30-10 Member Since 2017
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    "History unmasked"

    This book was one of the most interesting reads that I have ever undertaken. It unfolds to tell the world of the genius of Ghengis Khan. A great book! Enjoy the story!

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    Veronica 06-15-10
    Veronica 06-15-10
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    "A fascinating story well-told"

    The writer borrows much of his information regarding the individual from the "Secret History". This is woven into a well thought out compilation of believed true instances corroborated with other historical sources. It's an educational and entertaining listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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