In the Footsteps of Marco Polo: A Companion to the Public Television Film
"In the Footsteps of Marco Polo" by Denis Belliveau and Francis O'Donnell is an incredibly addictive travel book.
I have to admit that I'm not a reader of books. I probably haven't read a book in a few decades. How sad. But while visiting my son at NYU, I was wandering through a SOHO bookstore and picked up Denis and Fran's book. I was interested in learning more about their documentary film, soon to be released by Public Television. But almost immediately I started reading through the first few chapters, and couldn't put the book down. The shop owner literally had to throw me out of the store as he was getting ready to close. I bought the book, raced home, and continued reading until 2am. Folks, I never do that! So...
...I wanted to share my thoughts with this discussion group. You'll immediately see from my review why this is a book worth owning, and reading.
And the more I think about it, the story they tell is possibly more important today than in Marco Polo's time. My rationale is that these guys traveled through a part of the world that is under siege, where much of its citizens view the US with an unfavorable eye. Their travels through Afghanistan and Iran are clearly some of the most spectacular descriptions within the book, and yet these are destinations no US citizen would dare to go. I found the whole reading experience quite timely.
I think the book just came out last week, and I just finished reading it, and authoring the review on Amazon. Would love to hear what other people think...
[Full disclosure: I have no financial interest with the authors in the sale of this book]
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