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“A timeless addition to any travel collection.” — Library Journal --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Marco Polo (1254–1324) was the son of a Venetian merchant and traveler. In 1271, Marco, with his father and uncle, began a journey that four years later led to their being accepted at the court of Kublai Khan. During these years, they traveled extensively in Persia and China, through regions almost totally unknown to the Western world. In service to the Khan, Marco explored Tibet and Burma and many of the remote provinces of China; it is possible that he went to the southern parts of India as well. Participating in a military conflict between Genoa and Venice, he was taken prisoner in 1298. While in captivity, he dictated the Travels of Marco Polo to a fellow prisoner.
Milton Rugoff was a longtime editor for several publishing houses. He is the author of a number of books, including A Harvest of World Folk Tales, Marco Polo’s Adventures in China, The Great Travelers, and The Beechers: An American Family in the Nineteenth Century, which was nominated for an American Book Award in 1982.
Howard Mittelmark is an editor, book critic, and coauthor of How Not to Write a Novel. He lives in New York City. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
BEST ENGLISH VERSION EVER READ. IT KEEPS THE ORIGINAL FORMAT, WITHOUT, ALMOST. WESTERN PARAMETERS.
AN ENLARGED SET OF MAPS WILL MAKE THE TRAVELS EASY TO FOLLOW. Read more
Marco writes well enough of his travels and you feel that you are there. You can actually follow the trail if you have a map. Read morePublished on Nov. 9 2003 by bernie
I have read this book while traveling in China by train. It is a very interesting description of past times, and essential reading for those interested in historical geography. Read morePublished on Oct. 14 2003 by Giant Panda
The travels of the famous traveler, published as close to the original as possible presents a fantastic world. Read morePublished on Aug. 8 2003
Though after reading authors such as Edward Said I should know better, I greatly enjoyed Marco Polo's description of his travels. Read morePublished on May 5 2003 by m. tremble
Marco Polo's memoir of his life and travels in the medieval Asian empire of Kublai Khan is the ultimate adventure tale, a true one-of-a-kind. Read morePublished on May 28 2002 by Brian Busek
If your desire is purely technical, you can't do any better than this. However, if you plan to read this book strictly for enjoyment, then thumbtack your eyelids up. Read morePublished on May 29 2001 by nto62
I was unfortunate enough to be assigned this book as required reading for a college course of mine and boy, did it blow. The text lacks any interesting voice or information. Read morePublished on March 21 2000