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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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    kevmoo United States 06-17-12
    kevmoo United States 06-17-12 Member Since 2015

    I live in Seattle. I write code. I listen when I'm out with the dog.

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    "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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Richard 03-26-12
    Richard 03-26-12 Member Since 2012
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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
    David Kfar Saba, Israel 11-20-11

    An avid audio fan, I listen mainly whilst walking my dog. I enjoy many and varied subjects,history,travel,espionage,crime,anything good

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    "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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    Blake 06-06-11
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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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    Kathy Bedford, TX, United States 05-03-11
    Kathy Bedford, TX, United States 05-03-11 Member Since 2007
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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!!

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    Ben Strathfield, Australia 03-25-11
    Ben Strathfield, Australia 03-25-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Mind blowing"

    What can I say? You don't understand history if you don't understand Genghis. Particularly you don't know Middle Age to Modern, Asian, Indian or Islamic history, the history of ideas and inventions, how fate saved Japan (similar to how the Spanish Armada was dashed). Did the West eventually stop his successors? More likely the black plague did.
    This is a wonderful book indeed, based on some recently discovered archeological records (Secret Histories), since the Soviets left Mongolia. A stimulating and exciting tale, with plenty of variety.
    Highly recommended.

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    cort Kensington, CA, United States 03-14-11
    cort Kensington, CA, United States 03-14-11 Member Since 2016
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    "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.

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    Chris 03-05-11
    Chris 03-05-11
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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
    Theresa Groton, MA, United States 12-29-10 Member Since 2011
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    "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
    Glenn Richmond Hill, ON, Canada 12-26-10 Member Since 2012
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    "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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