By Lane Gwinn
The Times 

Book Briefs: Lane's Picks

2009 was a good year for my book group


March 25, 2021

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford

Though this best-selling book was published in 2005, I didn't read it until 2009. Before then, my reading material rarely included invading empire-building conquerors. This was before Game of Thrones (GOT), both the books and HBO series, became an addiction in my household.

What little I had learned about Genghis Khan was that he was a violent and ruthless invader, on horseback, wearing fabulous fur fashion. I especially loved the hats. It turns out there was much more to the man than brutal empire building.

The name Geng...

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