|Tumujin, AKA Genghis Kahn|
courtesy of the Art/Science Museum, Singapore.
I doubt there is any other woman in my township or any book club reading Genghis Kahn And The Making of The Modern World, but I am--and I'm impressed. Jack Weatherford's biography of the guy who supposedly terrorized the world in the twelfth century is interesting as hell. A 'self made man,' he rose up from being a clan castaway to a leader who shaped the map of the modern world. He was a diplomat, a statesman, a strategist, a skilled hunter, herder, warrior and devoted husband, not at all the guy Hollywood would have us believe. Most impressive was he chose the right guy for the right job based on their skills, not their lineage, rare leadership strategy throughout history. This is great summer reading for folks not into romance novels.