Free Kindle Book of the Day -- Off the Edge of the Map: Marco Polo, Captain Cook, and 9 Other Travele
Free Kindle Book of the Day -- Off the Edge of the Map: Marco Polo, Captain Cook, and 9 Other Travelers and Explorers That Pushed the Boundaries of the Known World [Kindle Edition]
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Publication Date: March 9, 2014
From the #1 bestselling author of History's Greatest Generals comes an exciting new book on the greatest explorers in history and how their discoveries shaped the modern world
Whether it is Rabban Bar Sauma, the 13th-century Chinese monk commissioned by the Mongols to travel West form a military alliance against the Islam; Marco Polo, who opened a window to the East for Europe; 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 modern society.
This book will look at the 11 greatest explorers in history. Some traveled for religious piety, such as Ibn Battuta, who travelled from North Africa to Indonesia in the 1300s, visiting every Islamic pilgrimage site between -- and becoming counselor to over 30 heads of state. Others traveled for profit, such as Ferdinand Magellan, who wanted to consolidate Spain's holdings on the spice trade. Others traveled for the sheer thrill of adventure, such as Victorian explorer Richard Francis Burton, who learned 29 languages, went undercover as a Muslim on a pilgrimage to Mecca, and wrote 50 books on topics ranging from a translation of the Kama Sutra to a manual on bayonet exercises. 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.
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File Size: 2829 KB
Print Length: 222 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Five Minute Books (March 9, 2014)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Interesting and Informative Read!, April 18, 2014
By Jennifer (Ontario, Canada) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Off the Edge of the Map: Marco Polo, Captain Cook, and 9 Other Travelers and Explorers That Pushed the Boundaries of the Known World (Paperback)
I just finished reading the book Off The Edge of the Map: Marco Polo, Captain Cook and 9 Other Travelers and Explorers That Pushed The Boundaries of the World by Michael Rank. Years ago, when I was in high school history was not one of my preferred subjects, but as I get older, I find myself becoming more and more interested in historical books. When I learned that I was going to be able to review this book, I was really pleased.
Michael Rank has written a very interesting book in which he selects eleven individuals who were pioneers in the truest sense of the word. Rank comes from the world of academia; he is a doctoral candidate in Middle Eastern history and so his opinions are based on years of post-secondary education in history. This is a fact that I appreciated. It is easy enough to select the commonly known explorers of old, and regurgitate their stories. Instead he selected a few historical figures who were unknown to me, but after reading their stories, I was amazed by their feats. I was also amazed that I had never heard of these people before.
For example, the author devotes a chapter to Ibn Battuta, a North African scholar who travelled throughout Africa and the Middle East for a number of years. When I read about his exploits, all of which took place in the 14th Century, without the benefit of modern conveniences, it was truly astonishing.
In another chapter, he tells the story of a Chinese monk named Rabban Bar Sauma, who is sometimes known as the reverse Marco Polo. He set out from the far East, and ventured west, a journey that I had never heard in any other contemporary historical textbook. The author’s background in Middle Eastern history really helps to bring Rabban Bar Sauma’s story to life. The perils faced upon his many travels were numerous, and the fact that he lived into his seventies seems almost incomprehensible.
Michael Rank also devotes chapters to many well-known explorers like Marco Polo, Captain James Cook, and Ferdinand Magellan. Even though I was familiar with these names, it was nice to re-read their stories with a more mature appreciation for the extent of their achievements.
Off The Edge of the Map was a really enjoyable book. I found Michael Rank’s writing style to be very well-informed, while still very readable. I did not get the sense that I was getting the same old version of a story that I had heard before. It was apparent that Rank’s research truly informed his writing, and for that I was truly appreciative.
If you are a person that enjoys reading story about notable historical figures, then I would highly recommend Off The Edge of the Map. An undisputed two thumbs up!
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