itibaren Ulongwe, Mozambik
i remember thinking how great it would be to live in a boxcar, then i was a little sad when the kids found their home.
This is a pretty radical book, and like most revisionist history it goes a little bit overboard with it's thesis: Genghis Khan wasn't a bloodthirsty barbarian, he was the greatest civilizing influence the world has ever seen, bringing peace of rule of law wherever he went! In addition to the amazing personal details presented about Genghis Khan and his early life as an outcast from one of the most obscure fringe nomadic tribes of Mongolia to, well, King of the World, the book does make a fascinating and convincing case for how the Mongols were able to break past entrenched and provincial ways of thinking to create a world view. Also how they made their massive empire a meritocracy. In his effort to save Genghis Khan's image from evil conquerer to good guy he does seem to skip or gloss over a lot of the raping and pillaging that must have happened. Not that I really want to know the gory details, but what's a detailed biography of Genghis Khan without talking about the gore?