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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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    Jonathan Nahalal, Israel 05-13-10
    Jonathan Nahalal, Israel 05-13-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Listen"

    excellent story that turn your perception on this great man.
    strongly recommended.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Emory, TX, USA 04-17-10
    Jan Emory, TX, USA 04-17-10
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    "FASCINATING"

    I can't wait to listen to the entire program again. Highly recommended for any history buff.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Chico, CA, United States 06-16-10
    Eric Chico, CA, United States 06-16-10
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    "Great Book"

    The book was well researched and thorough and the reader was very good. With that said you can sense that the writer had a little bias (I call it a man-crush) on Gengis Kahn and attributed the Mongol Empire as having developing the modern world short of landing on the moon and the invention of the computer. The real truth is that the Mongols contributed nothing but terror to the people of the dark ages and enslaved the masons, astrologist, scientists and craftsman of races with superior intellect (Chinese, Persians, Eastern Europeans, etc) and attributed their inventions and contributions to society to the Mongols who ruled (or payed tribute to) the lands by threat of death. The real truth is that if 30 million innocent citizens were not attacked, these contributions would have occurred naturally.

    It sounds like I'm attacking the author, but I'm not. I highly recommend this book. He did a great job, it is just readily apparent he had a skewed view of what he calls "The great leader" and even visited his grave to pay homage and shed some tears (in his own words). Gengis Kahn was no more than murderous thug who invented perhaps the first ponzi scheme: He would take a handfull of warriors to a village and pillage all of their goods and tell the males to join his clan or die. Then he would have more warriors to attack the next larger village until he had an army of hundreds of thousands where he attacked major cities. Once his army got too large to manage, his successors lost hold and the scheme fell apart.

    19 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Michael D. Stone greeneville Tn 06-27-13
    Michael D. Stone greeneville Tn 06-27-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Good book but author drank the Mongolian Kool-aid"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes..... with a warning.


    What did you like best about this story?

    An interesting compliation of information


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

    Nay... too long


    Any additional comments?

    Mr Weatherford drank the Mongolian Kool-aid. He, quite evidently was swept away with the lore of the Mongols. That is very evident in the telling, after the book, of his visit to Mongol lands and his mystical fascination with Ghengis and all things Mongolian. His premise that Ghengis Kahn and subsequent generationsof Kahns formed the basis of just about everything of value that the world has ever come to know and have is a rediculous stretch. He just got carried away with his premise and lost sight of reality. Much that is speculation is presented as fact. Much that clearly was presented as fact by Mongolian and others who 'chronicled' the times (surely under a LOT of pressure to put Ghengis and bands 'best foot forward') is presented as indisputable fact. His not too hidden agenda that all but the Mongols were fools and near or outright barbarians with little to offer the world but oppression is absurd. He has great respect for the Mongols 'blue sky' religion and presents, not too subtly, Christianity as stupid, oppressive and its followers as uninsightful and ignoble. Yet, in spite of all that, it really IS a good book. Readers are advised to just be sure to 'read between the lines' and form YOUR OWN conclusions....watch out for his conclusions. I recommend it.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    jeffrey MILTON, WI, United States 10-12-12
    jeffrey MILTON, WI, United States 10-12-12 Member Since 2011

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Very Biased"

    Seemed to have a agenda, glossed over Mongol negatives like the Millions of deaths to highlight supposed benefits to "society later" . Very little said about the genocide in China and what the extent of the horror inflicted on Baghdad, and the Christians were blamed for the worst of what happened in Baghdad.
    A very good subject and I want to read more, but more balanced good and bad.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Los Angeles, CA 03-25-15
    Robert Los Angeles, CA 03-25-15 Member Since 2014

    I love to read audiobooks!

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    "Super bias"

    The author's bias against organized religion is palpable and distracts from an otherwise interesting historical narrative. The Mongols were violent people. So too were many other societies.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    CHET YARBROUGH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 06-17-14
    CHET YARBROUGH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 06-17-14 Member Since 2015

    Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.

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    "REVISIONIST HISTORY"

    Revisionist history is a speculative business; particularly when corroborating evidence is scarce and documentation is based on translation. Like the new testament’s record of Jesus’s life, “The Secret History of the Mongols” is a translation, years after Genghis Khan’s death. The original Mongolian document is missing. The only surviving written record of “The Secret History of the Mongols” is a translation by Chinese scribes. The Chinese translation is bound by the limitations of the translator’s culture.

    Jack Weatherford, the author of this revisionist history recreates a credible story of Genghis Kahn’s life based on China’s translation of “The Secret History…” Weatherford, educated as an anthropologist, visits the homeland of Genghis’s birth and spends time discussing the history of Genghis with Mongol’ descendants.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Novie E. Lee 09-07-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Well now, this is an eye-opener!"

    This is not the first Audible book about Genghis Khan I have purchased and read. The other one was very interesting, and I am so glad I bought it first. Keep in mind, I am smiling while I write this because of the irony of the thing. if I had bought this book first, I would never, ever have revisited Genghis again. This book, however accurate it may be, is the bloodiest, most graphic description of horror upon horror inflicted on the world population by a single human being.
    I did not realize that Genghis Khan's era was in the 12th-13th centuries. That's fairly recent in human history. Ole Genghis started out in Mongolia and eventually marched himself right across Russia right on to Europe's doorstep. According to Weatherford, he was a despot and enjoyed subjugating Christians, Jews, and anyone else he took a disliking to. Geez, where was the plague when we needed it?

    Jack Weatherford tells the story of this cruel and inhumane ruler well -- almost too well, as a matter of fact. I suppose I could have gone on with my peripheral knowledge of the man and left it at that, but now, I think Genghis was much, much worse than Hitler. I am of the mind that every monument to him should be bulldozed, every history book should be expunged and humanity should go onward without being reminded that such a being ever existed.

    If you like gore and like to read about human misery, by all means get this book! The narrator is great. He drops all this vileness in your lap like he's describing a picnic in the park. I should like to hear him read something not quite so ghastly. There is a lot of animation in his voice. He's good,

    In closing, I can't say I didn't like the book. I learned a lot listening to it. You know, some things are hard to hear, but there is a message in there somewhere. I hope that future generations never fall into the mindless hopelessness of a creature like Genghis. Maybe reading stuff like this will scare us enough to keep that from happening,

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Dallas, TX, United States 01-09-13
    Christopher Dallas, TX, United States 01-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Best Book I've Downloaded Here"
    If you could sum up Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World in three words, what would they be?

    Enlightening, Engaging, Informative


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story of Genghis Khan and his descendants was eye opening and informative. I learned so much. And the story was so well written it was a pleasure to hit the play button


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Davis and Jack Weatherford – was your favorite?

    There were no characters per se. But I think Genghis and his wife were the most interesting


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The greatest general you know nothing about


    Any additional comments?

    If you are at all curious about this subject matter. Download this book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    David APO, AE, United States 12-29-12
    David APO, AE, United States 12-29-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Forgotten Past"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World to be better than the print version?

    I would say the audible would be much better simply because of it length.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Genghis - who else. Many of the women discussed in the book surpristed me because of the roles they played in the Mongolean culture and politics..


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

    Very good.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I had a kind of "aha" reaction when reading about his open mind concerning the religions of both his friends and enemies.


    Any additional comments?

    It always amazes me that we in the West forget about the Mongols and what they accomplislished. His attitude concerning the various religions was amazing and, I am sure, help him control those he conquered. There did not seem to be any real religious rebellions. I think we could learn from this.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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