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Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

By: Jack Weatherford
Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
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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.

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©2005 Jack Weatherford (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

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"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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Great book

I really did not know much about Genghis Khan and this book was brilliant in teaching me something. The narrator was so impressive. It is one of the best books that I have listened to.

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An excellent and honest account

Learned a great deal from this.
So much about this period was completely unknown to me; it is great to fill in a few of the gaps.
My views on both Genghis Khan and the Mongols has changed, greatly.
Looking forward to reading more around this subject.

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A new outlook towards the traditional history

If you could sum up Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World in three words, what would they be?

A very important part of the history spanning for 4-5 decades and influencing every aspect of modern civilisation. Very little credit has been given to this and very few books available in english.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Genghis Khan and Kubel Khan and their regime.

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

Excellent piece of work, highlighting religious tolerance and meritocracy propagated by Genghis khan.

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Must read for everyone as. The book changes the outlook towards history and makes you think before accepting anybody view of the history in the future.

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UTTERLY ENTERTAINING

The telling of one of the most captivating of history's ancient warlords is brilliant and easy to follow. Jonathon Davis is clear in narration - all in all superb!

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First-class listen

Absolutely absorbing account of the Mongols which has transformed my understanding of their role in history. Very well read. Highly recommended

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Excellent

Learnt a lot here that contradicts my prior understandin / beliefs. Challenges the typical, traditional narrative.

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Ground breaking history

I was totally absorbed by this panoramic history. it has challenged many assumptions about the origin of modern world.

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Brilliant

Phenomenally researched and written, this book is an incredible feat. It weaves together an objective and detailed account of the impacts of not only Genghis and Kublai, but the entire Golden Family. It’s a pleasure and compulsory reading for any student of history.

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Enlightening listen

I enjoyed every word, I learnt so much. It's such a shame that Genghis Khan has been portrayed as a mindless killing machine, so much of what was implimented by the Mongols was so ahead of their time.

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Fascinating insight in to Genghis Khan

A must listen or read for anyone interested in history and how/why the world has ended up as it has.

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