Marco Polo by Laurence Bergreen

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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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About Laurence Bergreen

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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.
Published October 23, 2007 by Vintage. 432 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Action & Adventure, Science & Math, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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“Marco revealed Kublai Khan’s splendid realm not as a static, remote fantasyland populated by savages,” Bergreen writes, “but as a vital state constantly on the alert for danger — an empire that never slept, where swift messengers moved by night if necessary, their way marked by reassuring rows o...

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Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu by Laurence Bergreen 448pp, Quercus, £19.99 Marco Polo, Europe's greatest ever traveller, suffered badly for what cynics assumed were his outlandish flights of fancy: coal, paper money, asbestos, urban planning, religious toleration?

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Even in his own day, the famed 13th-century travel writer Marco Polo was mocked as a purveyor of tall tales—gem-encrusted clothes, nude temple dancing girls, screaming tarantulas—in his

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Marco Polo came of age in a city of night edging toward dawn;

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Bookmarks Magazine

When the famed 13th-century Venetian trader and explorer Marco Polo first published The Travels of Marco Polo, he offered to Europeans the first glimpse of the much-feared Mongol empire established by Genghis Khan—in all its tales of strange animals, luxuries, sex, violence, politics, and glory.

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