From Venice to Xanadu
By (author) Laurence Bergreen
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Marco Polo by Laurence Bergreen
Book DescriptionAs 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9781400078806
(204mm x 133mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Random House Inc
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Laurence Bergreen
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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