Book Review: Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford
5 Stars , Non-Fiction / October 6, 2010

I bought this book. In ” Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World” author Jack Weatherford shows that history is not simple. It is a mistake we learn in our schools when we are taught history through memorizing dates in a linear fashion. History is alive, it is complex and there are always small events leading up to a big episode. Professor Weatherford’s book builds a fascinating story around the many achievements of Genghis Kahn, as well as his military genius and leadership skills. Even though I have heard the name Genghis Kahn before, I’ve never done much reading on him or the Mongol Empire. I missed out on a fascinating story and glad I found this book. The narrative is written in such a way which the reader understands the socio-economic realities the Mongols lived in, as well as the brutality of how wealth was won. Ihave never appreciated the genius which was Genghis Kahn, always portrayed as a brute in pop culture and by his enemies. Uniting nomad tribes to form a strong Mongolia, organizing armies, creating a working bureaucracy, beginning the concept of diplomatic immunity, understanding economical achievements and even legislating laws which he must…

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