The Silk Roads

  • by Peter Frankopan
  • Narrated by Laurence Kennedy
  • 24 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The sun is setting on the Western world. Slowly but surely, the direction in which the world spins has reversed: where for the last five centuries the globe turned westward on its axis, it now turns to the east.... For centuries fame and fortune were to be found in the West - in the New World of the Americas. Today it is the East that 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 center stage in international politics, commerce, and culture - and is shaping the modern world. This region, the true center 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 reemerging East.


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Amazing insight

Best book I have read with the last chapter pulling it all together. This book is a detailed look into the past that has a striking relevance to today.
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- Warren

Delightful, provacative and sublime

This is a simply astounding interpretation of world history and is mesmerising from start to finish. Delightful, provocative and sublime in equal measure, it is easily one of the most important world history's of recent times.
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- Robert Wilde

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-27-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury