I went to see Mongol last night on the early life of Genghis Khan and loved every minute of it. I have to admit I am clearly biased: I read and loved Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World and consider Genghis Khan to be one of my role models.

It was beautifully shot with great cinematography. There was great character and plot build up. Most importantly it stayed true to the ethos of the time and did not apply our western values and judgments to the actions of the characters.

There are a number of historical inaccuracies (Mongols hated hand to hand combat), but it captures extremely well the Mongol spirit and shows some of the strategies Genghis is known for: pretending to retreat to break the cohesion of the enemy army and rout it, sharing loot with his troops, etc.

I loved every minute of it and can’t wait to see the next two episodes in the trilogy!

  • Hey Fabrice,

    I’m about to watch Mongol and also have the Genghis Kahn book lying on my bookshelf, unread. Do you think the order that I consume these accounts of his life makes a difference?