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Off the Edge of the Map: Marco Polo, Captain Cook, and 9 Other Travelers and Explorers That Pushed the Boundaries of the Known World (English Edition) von [Rank, Michael]

Off the Edge of the Map: Marco Polo, Captain Cook, and 9 Other Travelers and Explorers That Pushed the Boundaries of the Known World (English Edition) Kindle Edition

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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.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 2878 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 219 Seiten
  • Gleichzeitige Verwendung von Geräten: Keine Einschränkung
  • Verlag: Five Minute Books (9. März 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00IX0BD6E
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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A summary of the lives and discoveries of some of the world's greatest explores and adventures, written in such a way that it never got boring (which historical facts can be). I really enjoyed reading this, and getting to know explorers I have never heard of before. Knowledgable, well researched, a very good narration style, and if it hadn't been for so many spelling and grammatical errors, this would have received 5 stars.
I will definitely look into some of the other history books this author has written!
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HASH(0x9d8cdd50) von 5 Sternen Excellent addition to any library. 31. März 2014
Von Dawn M. Pruit - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Kindle Edition
As a homeschool mom I love to foster my children's interests and my oldest son is really into History. He is a huge history buff and has a desire to become a historian so I seek out any and all books I can that help him to gain more knowledge. He really loves learning about new people and places and events, so when I got the opportunity to review this book about a variety of great explorers that pushed the boundaries, I knew I wanted to add it to our homeschool library.
This book covers 11 explorers that helped shape the world as we know it today. Delving into the motivations, the historical conditions of their travels as well as their passions and their courage, the stories in this book are compelling and interesting. Full of important facts, this is a well written and thought out book. One my son enjoyed and is happy to call his own. I would recommend this book for any homeschool family as well as any school or class library.
*I received this book for free, however all opinions are my own.
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HASH(0x9d8dd144) von 5 Sternen A Very Interesting and Informative Read! 19. April 2014
Von Jennifer - Veröffentlicht auf
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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!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
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HASH(0x9d8d66f0) von 5 Sternen I never knew.... 18. April 2014
Von Marilyn Driggers Mays - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Kindle Edition
Did Columbus really discover America? That’s a hot topic these days and I see theories tossed around a lot. Columbus, the Vikings, lots of theories, even real evidence. Ever wonder what other explorers might have been lost to time? If not you should, and Michael Rank’s Off the Edge of the Map is an excellent place to start. This is not a dry tome crammed with dates and obscure dots on old maps, but a very readable rediscovery of prolific travelers and explorers. Some famous and some that were lost to time or even purposefully erased by dictatorial government figures and religious agendas.

Rank presents what he considers the eleven most important traveler-explorers in world history. You’ve heard of some, Marco Polo and Sir Henry Stanley, for example, but what about Zheng He? Zeng He was a fleet admiral during China‘s Ming Dynasty and was known as ‘Admiral of the Western Seas.’

If you aren’t hooked by the promise of new historical figures how about little known scandalizing details about the well known? I knew that Cortez was descended from nobles and aspired to exploration after hearing news of Columbus’ ‘New World’ discoveries. I had never heard, though, that he failed at University. I also never knew that his travels were delayed by an injury received as he fled the husband of a lover at only 17.

These are only a couple of the examples of what Rank has to offer in Off the Edge of the Map. I minored in History in college and still learned from Rank’s adventure story style writing. An intriguing style, by the way, that will appeal to adults and schoolchildren alike. Full of little known details that will keep everyone turning the pages.

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
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HASH(0x9d8e5318) von 5 Sternen Most interesting concept, but badly written 16. Mai 2014
Von Amazon Customer - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
I love the idea of trekking for a few hours with a number of explorers in a row. It certainly is a fascinating book in this sense. But there are lots of typos, uncomplete references, risky interpretations, and summarily documented. When as a Belgian national, I read Stanley's history, I can only be horrified. Thanks to Michael Rank for the idea anyway.
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HASH(0x9d8e54b0) von 5 Sternen Two Stars 4. Juli 2014
Von John Waymire - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
Interesting but very general. It lacked sufficient details to make the story compelling.
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