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  • The Silk Roads

  • A New History of the World
  • By: Peter Frankopan
  • Narrated by: Mike Grady
  • Length: 25 hrs and 7 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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The Silk Roads

By: Peter Frankopan
Narrated by: Mike Grady
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Bloomsbury presents The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan, read by Mike Grady.

The No. 1 Sunday Times and international bestseller—a major reassessment of world history in light of the economic and political renaissance in the re-emerging east

For centuries, fame and fortune was to be found in the west—in the New World of the Americas. Today, it is the east which calls out to those in search of adventure and riches. The region stretching from eastern Europe and sweeping right across Central Asia deep into China and India, is taking centre stage in international politics, commerce and culture—and is shaping the modern world.

This region, the true centre of the earth, is obscure to many in the English-speaking world. Yet this is where civilization itself began, where the world’s great religions were born and took root. The Silk Roads were no exotic series of connections, but networks that linked continents and oceans together. Along them flowed ideas, goods, disease and death. This was where empires were won—and where they were lost. As a new era emerges, the patterns of exchange are mirroring those that have criss-crossed Asia for millennia. The Silk Roads are rising again.

A major reassessment of world history, The Silk Roads is an important account of the forces that have shaped the global economy and the political renaissance in the re-emerging east.

©2015 Peter Frankopan (P)2022 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
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Critic Reviews

"Brilliant and fearlessly wide-ranging." (Guardian, Books of the Year)

"Breathtaking and addictively readable." (Daily Telegraph, History Book of the Year)

"Dazzlingly good." (Evening Standard)

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good book to start with

the patterns in history the author had brought up here is fascinating and definitely would make a person want to explore more. the narrator is perfect

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Brilliant!

Frankopan is the real deal. A time travellers guidebook into the truth of the modern world.

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Essential human knowledge, no bloody chapter references !

Essential human knowledge, no bloody chapter references. How much extra time and money could it cost to provide references for 25 chapters.

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First third of the book is the most relevant

It was nice being taken through a historical journey centered on the middle east, and I learnt a lot.

However:
- The center of the book from around 1550, up until 1900 felt like just another european history book. Which on one level I was fine with but it felt like it was just so the book could talk about the middle east again when it become relevant to the world with oil
- I think the attempt to make it seem like the shift of focus back to the middle east for oil grabbing was just the silk roads v2 was overdone, and I'm left a bit unconvinced

I particularly learned a lot from the sections on the persian empire, the caliphate, the mongols and the uk/us screwing up the middle east over oil.

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Deep and different

A marvelous overview of the history of the world, with the deep dive into the history of the 20th century, and especially the evolving place of the western empires

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Fantastic book - educational and gripping!

This is one of the best books I have listened to and I found it extremely interesting and relevant to understanding the events of today's world. I really wish that history was taught like this to m growing up and for my kids today. One of my favourite all time books. Also very easy to listen to and well narrated. Cant recommend enough to anyone that is interested in geopolitics and the big issues that affect us all!

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  • 11-11-2022

Fascinating and revelatory.

It's easy to see why this book has ruffled a few feathers. That's why I enjoyed it. It took me out of my 'western supremacist' view of the world and presented a well researched, alternative view. Thank you Mr Frankopan.

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  • Elisa Gastaldi
  • 17-09-2023

Disappointing, it only speaks about the views from Central Asia in the last 30 min

It is a very well researched book, but it is still very much from the Western point of view.
Or Russia/USSR at best. Nothing about all the other countries of Central Asia, of which we still know so little.
The only attempt at doing that is during the last 30 minutes of the book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-05-2023

Great work

Great work of history. The focus on lesser known or rather lesser focused on aspects of our history is great to put events into perspective.

One caveat for the listener: I personally feel that this book may not be a great starting point for getting a good feel for world history. It is great after one has at least some vague notion of the entire history of mankind until the present day, as another perspective. It is not a bad book for "beginners", far from it; just that I believe it is more easily enjoyed after a quick revision of what is taught in schools.

Speaking of history taught in schools, I believe this recontextualisation of the past is great to start challenging the mainstream narrative or at least to see past it. This book allows you to see the whole world, not just the percieved center of it.

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  • Nyota
  • 04-03-2023

Not very novel, but quite entertaining

So I’ve heard most of this before, and his conclusions aged really badly given that oil and gas can hardly be called the future now.
But it’s a great overview of the silk roads, and the people that have lived along it for milennia. Really worth a listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-05-2023

Excellent

It gives you a new perspective, a new understanding and offers a relatively unbiased view of the past and current world.
The performance was also adequate.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-07-2023

Rather average.

a book that sets out to do the non eurocentric view of the silk road and world history, but utterly fails at that as it basically just goes over the basic stuff again. China is a mere side note, not to mention India.

Also some information is just flat out wrong like the significance of Ain Jalut and it's context is entirely missing.

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  • Magnus Rosling
  • 23-02-2023

Marvelous!

A Journey through history both old an recent ending up in modern days. A great work indeed!

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  • Tom Ashworth
  • 17-02-2024

One Word: Perspective

An excellent re-examination of the history of civilisations development, shifting the perspective away from the all too simple pro-western, long-live-capitalism standpoint we've become trapped in lately. There was always more going on and, even if at times the details are a bit scant, we should make a point to see more of the world from the point of view of those living there rather than Hollywood's depiction of it.
Pick up another book by this man and then go research more. Its worth it.

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  • Desislava Kyurkchieva
  • 12-02-2024

A fascinating purce of work and historic analysis

Amazing book! The best overview and analysis of thousands of years of history to modernity.Absolutely recommend!

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  • Philip Kavvadias
  • 03-02-2024

Still a western viewpoint

It’s a lovely book but fails on the very thing it set out to do. Tell a story of the world that’s not from the West’s point of view. And yet, that’s exactly what it does, the West occupying at least 3/4 of the book. Shame.

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  • Nichola
  • 20-01-2024

Round and round we go.

Loved the book. It really shows the extent of the West's interference in the Middle East. Not just now for centuries before. Humans appear not to be able to learn from their mistakes! Greed all the way and to hell with the consequences!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-12-2023

worth your time !

if you want to learn and witness how history tells it's stories again and again. I highly recommend. wow

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