The story of marco polo is indeed an extraordinary one and is well told in this very readable book by the author of magellans terrifying circumnavigation of the globe the first book i read by this author and the better of the two. Marco polo from venice to xanadu by laurence bergreen is an enjoyable account of the life and adventures of marco polo 1254 1324 bergreen based this book on the travels of marco polo which was dictated by polo to the writer rustichello da pisa. In marco polo from venice to xanadu author laurence bergreen tries to avoid this trap by introducing historical and geographical context bergreens presentation shifts like the desert sands in central asia a tactic that keeps the reader interested throughout this quick read book. Marco polo from venice to xanadu by laurence bergreen illustrated 415 pp alfred a knopf 2895 bruce barcott is a contributing editor at outside magazine his book the last flight of the . Marco polo learned of kublai khans death during his passage home to venice with his father and uncle if he always remembered where he was or what he was doing when he heard the momentous news he did not confide the details to rustichello
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