• Mansa Musa and the Empire of Mali

  • Musa’s Development of Timbuktu and His Legacy as the Richest Man in the World
  • By: Jason Watson
  • Narrated by: Cassius Bunyan
  • Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (31 ratings)

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Africa in the 13th century lay in ruins due to countless civil wars and the ensuing famine. Amid the hopelessness arose a man who began to rebuild the ravaged diaspora. He instituted a government that was so efficient at managing the country of Mali that soon it was the most progressive nation on the continent.

Not long after, one by one, the neighboring countries began to join the fold, until all of West Africa constituted a single empire. Emperor Mansa Musa had more wealth than every billionaire combined today. This is his story.

The genius of Musa’s administration lay in decentralization. He ordered the formation of distributed administration pockets that repatriated taxes back to the central empire that lay oversight on their activities. At its height, Mansa Musa owned more than half of the world’s gold reserves. 

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Great topic. Terrible writing.

I wanted a good, solid, book on this historical figure. Unfortunately, this isn’t really that. Even worse, it’s about the only available book on Audible. Much of the writing is terribly edited. It is very repetitious. Also, some of the arguments the author made were not logically consistent.

I can only say that, while it’s not the book the subject deserves, it the only option currently. Oh well