Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu

Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu


By (author) Laurence Bergreen

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 415 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 202mm x 24mm | 458g
  • Publication date: 1 November 2008
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1400078806
  • ISBN 13: 9781400078806
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, colour illustrations, maps
  • Sales rank: 204,336

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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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Author information

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.

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"As enthralling as a rollicking travel journal." -- "New York Times Book Review " "With his polished, authoritative storytelling, Bergreen makes the world of Marco Polo very pertinent."--"Entertainment Weekly " "Mesmerizing . . . This is lively history that is richly detailed and destined to be the definitive account of Marco Polo and his adventures for decades to come." --"Tucson Citizen " "Illuminating . . . A window into the most exotic of places and times." --"St. Petersburg Times" "Fascinating . . . A constant surprise and delight." --"The Plain Dealer " "[An] exciting reconstruction of the extraordinary life of Marco Polo . . . impressively researched and deftly composed." --"Booklist " "This is an enthusiastic retelling of Marco Polo's timeless story. Laurence Bergreen draws from a broad range of the surviving Polo manuscripts to create a convincing portrait of how Marco was able to get to thirteenth century China, and of what he saw, felt and did when he got there. Readers unfamiliar with Polo's adventures will find much pleasure here." --Jonathan Spence, author of "Emperor of China ""At last! Marco Polo comes to life! Laurence Bergreen, perhaps America's liveliest biographer, has created a triumph of fascinations, a classic portrait that now surely can never be bettered." --Simon Winchester, author of "The Map That Changed the World " "From the Hardcover edition."