Biographies & Memoirs

Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu

Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu

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.

Prologue: The Commander

BOOK ONE / Europa

Chapter 1. The Merchants of Venice

Chapter 2. The Golden Passport

Chapter 3. The Apprentice

Chapter 4. The Opium Eater

Chapter 5. High Plains Drifters

Chapter 6. The Secret History of the Mongols + Photo Insert 1

BOOK TWO / Asia

Chapter 7. The Universal Emperor

Chapter 8. In the Service of the Khan

Chapter 9. The Struggle for Survival

Chapter 10. The General and the Queen + Photo Insert 2

Chapter 11. The City of Heaven

Chapter 12. The Divine Wind

BOOK THREE / India

Chapter 13. The Seeker + Photo Insert 3

Chapter 14. The Mongol Princess

Chapter 15. The Prodigal Son

Epilogue: The Storyteller

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