Thursday, April 10, 2014

Off the Edge of the Map: Marco Polo, . . .
Book Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

For as long as Oma can remember, history and non-fiction books have been a passion. It has been said that he who controls the past controls the future. We are the sum of all our bygone events--good, bad, and indifferent!



“Off the Edge of the Map: Marco Polo, Captain Cook, and 9 Other Travelers and Explorers That Pushed the Boundaries of the Known World” is from the #1 bestselling author of History's Greatest Generals comes an exciting new paperback book on the greatest explorers in history and how their discoveries shaped the modern world, Michael Rank.

Whether it is Rabban Bar Sauma, the 13th-century Chinese monk commissioned by the Mongols to travel to Europe and form a military alliance against the Islamic Caliphate; Marco Polo, who opened a window to the East for the West; or Captain James Cook, whose maritime voyages of discovery created the global economy of the 21st century, each of these explorers had an indelible impact on the modern world.

This book will look at the 11 greatest explorers in history. Some travelled for religious piety, such as Ibn Battuta, who travelled from North Africa to China in the 1300s, visiting every Islamic pilgrimage site between. Others travelled for profit, such as Ferdinand Magellan, who wanted to consolidate Spain's holdings on the spice trade. Still others travelled for discovery, such as Ernest Shackleton, who led two dozen men to the bottom of the world in an attempt to cross Antarctica on foot.

Whatever their reason for discovery, these explorers still inspire us today to push the limits of human achievement -- and discover something about ourselves in the process.

Oma found "Off the Edge of the Map: Marco Polo, Captain Cook, and 9 Other Travelers and Explorers That Pushed the Boundaries of the Known World" a very easy book to read which riveted the reader’s attention.

Chapter 11, about Neil Armstrong, was Oma’s favorite chapter for several reasons. However, the most important one was the fact this this was a piece of history personally witnessed. Armstrong, an American Astronaut, was the first person to walk on the Moon. Oma can still remember the excitement of the accomplishment.

If you love the adventure of history, this collection by Michael Rank is well worth your reading time.


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