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Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World BOOK REVIEWS 251 Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World Jack Weatherford New York: Crown Publishers, 2004 ISBN 0-609-61062-7. $25.00. While I was teaching in Mongolia this past year, The UB Post ran a small article on Jack Weatherford’s new book, Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World . It had made the headlines, if not the front page, of the English-language newspaper for appearing on The New York Times best-seller list, surely a first for a book on Mongolia. Given this achievement and the fact that we are all asked to recommend popular books on Mongolia to people from time to time, a review seems warranted, even if it is not a traditional academic book. There are two related aspects of this book that immediately strike the reader. The first is that Jack Weatherford knows how to tell a story. The second is his refreshing tendency to take one point of view or interpretation of an event and stick with it, rather than debating the various possibilities. Both are commend- able in a book aimed at a larger audience than just regional specialists and make it a pleasure to read. Given the target http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Inner Asia Brill

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

Inner Asia , Volume 6 (2): 251 – Jan 1, 2004

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Brill
Copyright
© 2004 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1464-8172
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2210-5018
DOI
10.1163/146481704793647063
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BOOK REVIEWS 251 Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World Jack Weatherford New York: Crown Publishers, 2004 ISBN 0-609-61062-7. $25.00. While I was teaching in Mongolia this past year, The UB Post ran a small article on Jack Weatherford’s new book, Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World . It had made the headlines, if not the front page, of the English-language newspaper for appearing on The New York Times best-seller list, surely a first for a book on Mongolia. Given this achievement and the fact that we are all asked to recommend popular books on Mongolia to people from time to time, a review seems warranted, even if it is not a traditional academic book. There are two related aspects of this book that immediately strike the reader. The first is that Jack Weatherford knows how to tell a story. The second is his refreshing tendency to take one point of view or interpretation of an event and stick with it, rather than debating the various possibilities. Both are commend- able in a book aimed at a larger audience than just regional specialists and make it a pleasure to read. Given the target

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