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Marco Polo : From Venice to Xanadu

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 415 pages
  • 132 x 202 x 24mm | 458.13g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white illustrations, colour illustrations, maps
  • 1400078806
  • 9781400078806
  • 202,787

About Laurence Bergreen

Laurence Bergreen is a prize-winning biographer and historian. His books have been translated into fifteen languages worldwide. His last book, "Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe," was a New York Times "Notable Book" for 2003 and a bestseller. He has written for many national publications including "Esquire," "Newsweek," and "The Chicago Tribune." Mr. Bergreen graduated from Harvard in 1972. He is a member of PEN American Center, and is a trustee of the New York Society Library. He lives in New York.show more

Review quote

"Sumptuous. . . . A full-blooded rendition of Polo's astonishingh journey. . . . Richly researched and vividly conveyed." --"The Washington Post Book World""Fascinating. . . . Richly detailed and illuminating, a window into the most exotic of places and times." --"The Philadelphia Inquirer""As enthralling as a rollicking travel journal. . . . The world [Polo] encountered was stranger than any fable." --"The New York Times Book Review" "With his polished, authoritative storytelling, Bergreen makes the world of Marco Polo very permanent." --"Entertainment Weekly"show more