Marco Polo

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.

Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2008, c2007
Edition: 1st Vintage Books ed. --
ISBN: 9781400078806
Branch Call Number: 915.042092 Polo-B 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 415 p. :,ill. (chiefly col.), maps


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Marco Polo has fascinated readers since his ‘Travels’ first appeared for European readers in the 13th century. Many revisions and additions were made to the ‘Travels’ over Marco’s life time, the original manuscript unfortunately did not survive. Using 19th and 20th century Chinese scholars Bergreen is able to verify many of facts and events that Marco Polo claimed to have witnessed. A fascinating account that is sure to interest history and travel buffs alike.

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