Adventures on the Ancient Silk Road

Adventures on the Ancient Silk Road

Book - 2009
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The fabled Silk Road conjures up the sights, smells and sounds of faraway lands: great and diverse cultures separated by deserts sands or windswept mountain passes. But traveling the Silk Road took years, often through bleak and rugged country with few inhabitants. Those who set out fought off bandits, battled starvation and survived treacherous storms.

Adventures introduces readers to three great historical figures:

Chinese Buddhist Xuanzang's (travels 629 -- 645AD), 16-year epic journey from China to India and back is the only source of information we have for huge chunks of the history and geography of this time. His successful search for Buddhist scriptures changed the course of two great nations and he remains an enduring hero of folklore.

Mongolian Genghis Khan (war travels 1201 -- 1227), bred from infancy to be a warrior, brought the Mongol clans together into a fighting nation to rule the Silk Road and establish the greatest empire the world had seen.

Italian merchant Marco Polo (travels 1271 -- 1295) journeyed through China for 24 years. His journeys changed the way Europe saw the world beyond its borders. His book even inspired Columbus to sail west across the Atlantic Ocean in search of China.

Stunning photographs and art depicting the ancient routes and peoples bring the stories to life. Maps, sidebars and an afterword that highlights the story of the Silk Road are also featured. In the end we too come to know the lands the three travelers explored, and how they were greeted--or cheated--by the folks along the way. 

Publisher: Toronto ; New York : Annick Press, c2009
ISBN: 9781554511976
1554511976
9781554511983
1554511984
Branch Call Number: j950 GAL NVD
Characteristics: vii, 164 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Hunter, Dawn 1953-

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member_bookclub Apr 21, 2011

It was good, but some parts were boring.

sybel_lovez2read Apr 13, 2011

i think this nonfiction book tells us more about the silk roads kings have travelled on but it was alright i still give it a thumbs up!!! :)

CoolDudesWithGlasses Apr 12, 2011

My favourite book so far has been The Summoning, because it keeps you on the edge of your seat!!!

nikki16 Mar 21, 2011

it is a really great info book about ancient silk road and the journey you can take and experience it

FaisalRockcliffe Mar 02, 2011

It's an interesting book

ilovebooks72 Mar 02, 2011

I really didnt like this book in my opinion it was boring

jdsncb23 Feb 25, 2011

A very good book about three figures' travelling on the Silk Road. Excellently written and highly informative. If you like world history, then this book is for you.

pinky111hcz Feb 15, 2011

This is an intruiging story of how the silk road impact evryone in the past. I loved all the history, and all three mini stories!

bookreader_98 Feb 08, 2011

Great book about journeys on the ancient silk road and how it helped society today. Highly recommenned

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