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2.0 out of 5 stars So much wasted potential..., 8 Mar. 2013
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This review is from: Genghis Khan: And the Making of the Modern World (Paperback)
Jack Weatherford is an excellent "hands on" historian. He spent years in Mongolia, working closely with Mongolian linguists and anthropologists and undertaking long and arduous expeditions to exactly pinpoint the real places of the life of Genghis Khan and his people. His academic credentials are flawless.

Sadly his undeniable skills do not translate in a good book. Instead of setting out to separate fact from fiction, he chose to follow almost verbatim the so called "Secret History", a much debated upon document detailing the live of the Great Khan. The "Secret History" mixes facts with fiction and downright propaganda but Weatherford (despite having ready access to the most up to date publications on the matter) doesn't bother to differentiate or even make his readers aware of the growing amount of work going into the study of this document.

Little or no time is spent giving basic details about Mongolian society or armies and their enemies and allies. Given the book is aimed at a general public which may not be aware of the latest developments in this field, this is a very serious flaw and almost the opposite of Ian Hughes' Belisarius, which sets the standards for how to give the general public short but indispensable notions to better understand the subject.

All in all, given Weatherford's credentials, I expected much more from him.
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Initial post: 15 Sep 2013 14:09:37 BDT
So despite the praise by others, you've convinced me not to buy this book - but can you recommend an alternative, which is more accurate as well as well written?
Louise Armoni

Posted on 16 Jan 2015 10:43:52 GMT
Last edited by the author on 16 Jan 2015 10:44:32 GMT
I agree with the previous comment and also welcome a recommendation from Celia.
thank you
Leza Mclean
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