Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu

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Vintage Books, Oct 21, 2008 - History - 415 pages
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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 Polois as riveting as the life it describes.

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User Review  - dbsovereign - LibraryThing

Fascinating read that follows Marco Polo's _Travels_ through Asia - enlightening us as to what was true and what he was making up (surprisingly little). Gives us some historical background and expands ... Read full review

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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

There's remarkably little to this book. LB was faced with the fact that there's not a great deal of material about MP except for his book. But we have 119 versions of that manuscript, as it was a best ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Laurence Bergreenis 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 includingEsquire,Newsweek, andThe 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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