|Publisher:||Random House Inc|
|Publish Date:||Nov 2008|
|Number of Pages:||415|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.97|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||5.22 x 0.93 x 8.02|
In 1271, 17-year-old Marco Polo set off from Venice with his father and uncle on an expedition to the court of Kublai Khan, where Marco remained a trusted servant of the Mongol emperor for 17 years. When he returned to Venice, contemporaries didn't believe him: they found his tales fantastic. Years later, languishing in a prison in Genoa, Marco had a writer named Rustichello write down his story. Thus was born his Travels of Marco Polo, the richest and best of medieval travel books and one of the great adventure stories of all time.
Fellow Venetians found it difficult to accept Marco's boasts, but most of what he related was true. Once or twice in this biography, Bergreen (Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe) hypothesizes beyond the evidence, e.g., that Marco "employed drugs", which imparted "unnatural vividness" to his narrative, but in general Bergreen is scrupulous in his use of sources; the story he tells is fascinating, even if there is no new analysis. Recommended for general collections.
-David Keymer, Modesto, CA
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As the first European to travel extensively throughout Asia, Marco Polo was the earliest bridge between East and West. His famous journeys took him across the boundaries of the known world, along the dangerous Silk Road, and into the court of Kublai Kahn, where he won the trust of the most feared and reviled leader of his day. Polo introduced the cultural riches of China to Europe, spawning centuries of Western fascination with Asia.
In this lively blend of history, biography, and travelogue, acclaimed author Laurence Bergreen separates myth from history, creating the most authoritative account yet of Polo's remarkable adventures. Exceptionally narrated and written with a discerning eye for detail, Marco Polo is as riveting as the life it describes.
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