In the Footsteps of Marco Polo

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2008 - History - 280 pages
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Did Marco Polo reach China? This richly illustrated companion volume to the public television film chronicles the remarkable two-year expedition of explorers Denis Belliveau and Francis O'Donnell as they sought the answer to this controversial 700-year-old question. With Polo's book, The Travels of Marco Polo, as their guide, they journeyed over 25,000 miles becoming the first to retrace his entire path by land and sea without resorting to helicopters or airplanes. Surviving deadly skirmishes and capture in Afghanistan, they were the first Westerners in a generation to cross its ancient forgotten passageway to China, the Wakhan Corridor. Their camel caravan on the southern Silk Road encountered the deadly singing sands of the Taklamakan and Gobi deserts. In Sumatra, where Polo was stranded waiting for trade winds, they lived with the Mentawai tribes, whose culture has remained unchanged since the Bronze Age. They became among the first Americans granted visas to enter Iran, where Polo fulfilled an important mission for Kublai Khan. Accompanied by 200 stunning full-color photographs, the text provides a fascinating account of the lands and peoples the two hardy adventurers encountered during their perilous journey. The authors' experiences are remarkably similar to descriptions from Polo's account of his own travels and life. Laden with adventure, humor, diplomacy, history, and art, this book is compelling proof that travel is the enemy of bigotry a truth that resonates from Marco Polo's time to our own."
  

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Review: In the Footsteps of Marco Polo

User Review  - Fredrick Danysh - Goodreads

The authors recreate the route of Marco Plo's trip to China with modern day photographs from along the route. Thewy also write a chronicle of their own experiences. Read full review

Review: In the Footsteps of Marco Polo

User Review  - Corinna Kinman - Goodreads

not a deep read, but interesting. hadn't realized there was doubt about the veracity of marco polo's route/travels. beautiful photography. interesting pre 9/11 perspective too. Read full review

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Contents

Stepping Off the Edge
1
Marco Polo Slept Here
7
The keys to the Church
11
You Always Hate a Friend
16
The Genesis of the Story
27
The Word of a Warlord
36
The Mother of All Cities
45
East toward Dawn
53
The Greatest Illuminations the World Has Ever Seen
145
There Wu No Stately Picture Dome
165
The Road to Southeast Asia
173
He Made Up His Mind to Conquer the World
185
I Am Afraid to Tell Youfor Fear I Should Be Branded a Liar
197
A Passage to India
205
The Tree of Life
207
The Island of Serendipity
225

A Car run into the Snow and Ice
71
The Roof of the World
87
And the Worlds Most Traveled Man
95
Southern Silk Road Oases
101
Sailing on A Sea of Sand
123
And the Road That Doesnt Exist
133
Marco Polos Fabled Cathay
139
The Richest and Most Splendid Country in the World
235
The Old Man of the Mountain
255
Coming Full Circle
271
EPILOGUE
279
BIBLIOGRAPHY AND SUGGESTED READINGS
280
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About the author (2008)

Denis Belliveau's award-winning photographic career has taken him to over sixty countries. He is director of photography and senior cameraman for the award-winning PBS series Real Moms, Real Stories, Real Savvy. Francis O'Donnell is a freelance sculptor and lecturer.

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