Jack Weatherford

Jack Weatherford

Jack Weatherford is a client of The Wallace Literary Agency, a division of Robin Straus Agency, Inc.

He is a celebrated anthropologist whose bestselling biography Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World radically transformed our understanding of the Mongols and their legacy. He has spent eighteen years exploring areas of Mongolia closed until the fall of the Soviet Union and researching The Secret History of the Mongols, an astonishing document written in code that was only recently discovered. 

Jack Weatherford holds the DeWitt Wallace Chair of Anthropology at Macalester College in Minnesota, and an honorary position at Chinggis Khaan University in Mongolia. In 2007 he received the Order of the Polar Star, the highest award for service to the Mongol Nation for writing Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World, which has been translated into seventeen languages and has sold over 355,000 copies in North America alone.

A specialist in tribal peoples, he was for many years a professor of anthropology at Macalaster College in Minnesota and divides his time between the United States and Mongolia.



Superpower of the Seas: How Mongols Made China the First Maritime Global Force

Bestselling author Jack Weatherford is currently researching and writing his next work.

Genghis Khan had built the greatest land power in history, but by the time his grandson Khubilai Khan established his Yuan dynasty in China in 1279, the Mongols controlled the most powerful navy in the world. Jack Weatherford’s fascinating new book will explore the history of this little known story of the Silk Road of the Sea. Khan realized that if he could be master of the sea, he did not need to expend money and men invading and occupying distant lands. By controlling their sea commerce, he ruled them. In assembling the largest navy in history, he created a massive infrastructure to build and supply ships and to transport men, grain, weapons, and other exotic and extravagant goods over vast distances much more cheaply than over land. Chinese naval hegemony produced an explosion in trade as far as Europe and Africa, profoundly affected the growth of interior and isolated kingdoms of South East Asia, and changed the financial and economic systems of the region.

The importance of the Maritime Sea Route has continued for nearly eight centuries; the movement of cargo container ships across the oceans today is the direct descendant of the ancient Silk Route. Railroads replaced camel caravans and ox trains overland, and China is leading the quest to renew the former Silk Route across Eurasia.

(Harvard University Press, May 2021)