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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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Absolutely fasinating!

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

Yes. Is a long book but very well read.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Genghis Khan

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

Easy to hear and understand their pronunciation.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Discussion of governing principles and incorporation of various aspects of each culture group they conquered.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Busting the Myths Around the Much-maligned Genghis

Where does Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book ranks in the top ten of audiobooks I've listened to so far.

What did you like best about this story?

The author kept is very praise-worthy research efforts in the background to the main messages of this enlightening biographical work, and never made himself the star of the investigation.

Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis and Jack Weatherford ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

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

No, I like periodic "reading".

Any additional comments?

This is the warrior as he deserves to be understood in our modern times - a man who believed in a light footprint on the earth, the rule of law, religious tolerance, and many other notions we may mistakenly think found their roots elsewhere in history - specifically the West's history.

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Very eye-opening!!

I had no idea the Mongul Empire was so vast and much more civilized than the histroy I had learned protrayed the Monguls.

I would definitely recommend this book for anyone interested in a different perspective on Asian culture and history.

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Fascinating little known history

What did you love best about Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World?

The notion of the Mongols as a dirty band of marauders; an unfortunately rapacious blip on the screen of history was dispelled completely. I want to be a Mongol!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Genghis for his clarity of thought and his expansive view of the world. His ecumenical understanding and desire for peace, intellectual development and family ties above all.

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

Clear strong delivery Excellent pacing

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

I would take it from the interview..".Imagine that an illiterate slave became the leader of the modern world"

Any additional comments?

I think this should be required reading in public schools. Inspiring, enlightening and fascinating

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  • kevmoo
  • United States
  • 06-17-12

Fascinating. Will change your view of history.

Genghis Khan was far more civilized than most Europeans of his age. He was just a much better military strategist.

Essential for a non-Eurocentric view of world history.

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A Revisionist History of the Mongols

What made the experience of listening to Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World the most enjoyable?

Jack Weatherford carefully researched Genghis Khan from the perspective of the Mongols. His revisionist history crediting Genghis for separation of Church and State, Diplomacy and the birth of the Renaissance seems to take the historical narritive too far. Having said that, the conventional depiction of the Mongol empire as a ravishing dark chaotic evil hoard needed poking. A very compelling narrative that reads like a novel. The truth is more compelling than fiction. Great read

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  • David
  • Kfar Saba, Israel
  • 11-20-11

Mixed feelings

I am not really sure how I feel about this book.I did enjoy listening,and the narration was good.But I don't know whether this was a scholarly work,or a popular one.
There are lots of dates,names of exotic people and places,but I still don't know enough about the Mongols.
I do not feel that the author really proved Genghiz Khans' having "made" the modern world.If we accept the authors interpretation,then he certainly was very enlightened,and revolutionary in his politics,law-making etc., but then again so were so many others on the stage of world history.
I did very much enjoy the epilogue and afterword,which were narrated,I think.by the author.
All in all,worth listening to,but I feel that something was missing in order to get me inspired by Genghiz Khan

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Who Knew?

This audio book really opened my eyes to a figure in history that I knew of but overlooked. The more I listened, the more I was in awe of his accomplishments. I had no idea how influential the Mongol civilization was on world history.

Perhaps the best part was at the end when the author educates the listeners as to why Mongol history has been so marginalized in the west.

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WOW~

Yet another big chunk of history I didn't know about! And most the intelligent thing I can say after listening to this book is WOW!!! What a GUY!!

It is really hard to believe Ghengis Khan accomplished so much and improved the lives of so many in such a short time. This book could be used to study leadership, organizational behavior, public administration, military science, foreign policy, creative/critical thinking and the art of the deal!

The author helps bring the Khan's accomplishments into perspective by equating it to early America -- imagine a slave who rises to the top of American politics and military, "gently" incorporates everything from Canada to South America into the same system, invents an alphabet, a financial system, encourages education/literacy, values medical science and healing arts, supports orphans and widows,,, oh gosh! and a whole lot more! WOW!! What a GUY!!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • cort
  • Kensington, CA, United States
  • 03-14-11

Challenges long-held perceptions of the Khans

A well written book with excellent naration that challenges the long-held belief that the Monguls were barbarians. I learned a lot though I think Weatherford pushes the case a bit too far that the Khans set the stage for the modern world.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful