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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.

©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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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

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Don't Miss the Afterword!

Within my filtered and stilted education for matters historical, the Mongols were painted as a genuine barbarian horde. This retelling of the empire as the first great multinational trans-denominational corporation is fascinating! Even better, the story of the research itself is like a detective novella. This really helps me understand the torch that lit the bonfire of the Renaissance.

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  • Theresa
  • Groton, MA, United States
  • 12-29-10

Interesting & so informative

I'm not a huge history buff, so reading this was a bit of a leap for me, but I'm so glad I did! Fascinating information, well presented that left me saying'wow - I didn't know that!' & with that, wanting more. Gengis Khan shows from where our modern world evolved & how a single man intuitively understood a better way to live, war & die.

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  • Glenn
  • Richmond Hill, ON, Canada
  • 12-26-10

Eye Opening

If you think Genghis Khan and the Mongols were just blood thirsty savages then read this book. While it has some historical inaccuracies and biased in favor of the Mongols it is very entertaining and covers their innovations which contributed to their success. In 25 years they transitioned from scattered tribes to a dominant empire that took over more land than the Romans achieved in 400 years. What surprised me was that unlike many other cultures of their time they did not condone torture and they allowed freedom of religion. Who knows how long their empire would have continued to grow if it were not for the plague.

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  • Lauren
  • Charlottesville, VA, United States
  • 12-20-10

Very interesting with a great narrator.

The material is great, and enhanced by the narration. I had no idea Genghis Khan was this interesting!

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  • Mr
  • Hunters Hill, Australia
  • 11-08-10

Excellent!

This audiobook is well worth a credit! Both the narrative and narration very well done and the book is full of very interesting details of history.

My only criticism would be that this book talks about Genghis Khan as well as his sucessors. THe title led me to believe that this would be a book about him entirely. Also, there is little mention on the impact that he had on the Modern world, also as the title suggests. That said, I have been left with a more complete picture of the Khan Dynasty because the author wrote the book this way. These two things aside I still enjoyed the book and recommend it to all.

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Workman-like and not really related to the title

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

A thorough, easy to understand biography of one of the most important figures in history. Not really very much information on the 'Making of the modern world' part. The ideals the author credits Temujin and his successors with are abstractions that come from a very idealized view of the culture.While the Mongols have an excessive reputation for brutality, they were not the noble and fair-minded people the author would have you believe either.

Would you be willing to try another book from Jack Weatherford? Why or why not?

No. The writing is drab and he shows incredible bias in his opinions.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Jonathan Davis and Jack Weatherford ?

No.

What else would you have wanted to know about Jack Weatherford’s life?

Nothing.

Any additional comments?

The biography is very lop-sided and presents an incredibly biased view of all the positive things about the Mongol culture. It ignores or minimizes many of the negative aspects of their way of life.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Fascinating history but too biased

I really, really wanted to like this book. I tried to listen to it several times and finally, after making it through the first half, simply gave up. The author obviously has a lot of respect for what Genghis Khan achieved but that -- at least in the first half -- spills over into unchecked admiration. Perhaps that is necessary to balance the accounts after centuries of bad mouthing the Mongols' conquests and campaign, but I think it goes overboard.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful