The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in twenty-?ve years than the Romans did in four hundred. 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.
The result of Weatherford's eight-year quest is part travelogue, part epic narrative and part speculative musing that will certainly raise a few eyebrows among Mongolian scholars. Weatherford has a good eye for detail and a fluid style that makes for easy reading. The story of Genghis Khan's rise to power and extraordinary conquests across central Asia from China to the Middle East reads like the Iliad. Louise Levathes