Marco Polo Odyssey: In the Footsteps of the Merchant Who Changed the World

Author: Harry Rutstein
Published: September 15, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-982076-0-6
Pages: 271
Size: 7" x 10"
Type: Hardcover
Price: $27.95
Categories: Travel Non-Fiction Memoir History: World History

The Marco Polo Odyssey tracks the fantastic journey of an intrepid adventurer who spent ten years following the 13,000 mile overland route of Marco Polo from Venice to Israel, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and finally crossing China to Beijing. It is an account of an exhilarating voyage of discovery and the three expeditions it took author Harry Rutstein to finally fulfill his dream.

Using every means of travel available- including camels, farm tractors, horses and goatskin rafts-author Harry Rutstein became the first person known to have retraced Marco Polo's footsteps. This book chronicles his extraordinary adventures and authenticates the 13th century journey of the great explorer.

Marco Polo's travels and subsequent bestselling book sparked the expansion of the mercantile empires of medieval Europe and gave birth to the modern age of globalization.

Excerpts of Marco Polo's book, Description of the World, are woven into Harry's narrative, which add depth and perspective to his colorful and humorous stories of travel along the now-abandoned Silk Road. The interwoven historical commentaries, geographical and cultural descriptions confirm just how little has changed in 700 years in many parts of Asia. 137 photographs and nine maps provide a visual travelogue of their own. The keys to Harry Rutstein's success on his odyssey were an unrelenting perseverance and lots of good luck. The Marco Polo Odyssey is flesh-andblood history and a rousing good story of adventure and achievement.

This book ships with a 26-minute film on DVD. The movie, On the Roof of the World with Marco Polo

follows Harry Rutstein's travel through isolated regions of the Hindu Kush and Karakorham Mountains in northern Pakistan. This film premiered at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.