Off the Edge of the Map is about 11 Travelers and Explorers:
- Rabban Bar Sauma, Chinese Nestorian Monk
- Marco Polo, Opening the Door to the East
- Ibn Battuta, The Everlasting Pilgrimage
- Admiral Ming Zheng He, Master of the Seas
- Hernán Cortés, Conqueror of the Aztecs
- Ferdinand Magellan, Captain of the Terrifying Voyage Across an Endless Sea
- Captain James Cook, England's Poseidon
- Sir Richard Francis Burton, Spy Soldier, Linguist, Swordsman, and Secret Pilgrim to Mecca
- Sir Henry M. Stanley, Dr. Lingstone
- Ernest Shackleton, Frozen March at the Bottom of the World
- Neil Armstong, Soft Spoken Test Pilot and Bridger of the Worlds
I like the stories in this book. Each chapter is a break up of a different explorer. If you want to skip ahead and read about a different explorer, you can.
Some were on a religious journey, others were on a mission of trade, while others were on a voyage to walk the earth, hoping for discovery.
"Whether it is Rabban Bar Sauma, the 13th-century Chinese monk commissioned by the Mongols to travel to Europe and form a military alliance against the Islamic Caliphate; Marco Polo, who opened a window to the East for the West; 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 the modern world."
I always liked reading books about discovery. My Dad would tell me stories at night about different people in history. It was fascinating that one person in history was capable of doing so much!
The book isn't too long, and it isn't too short. It's 216 pages, most chapters are about 15 pages long. Off the Edge of the Map is $8.09 for a paperback version, and Kindle version is $3.99. It's written by Michael Rank, who was #1 bestselling author of History's Greatest Generals. "Michael Rank is a doctoral candidate in Middle East history. He has studied Turkish, Arabic, Persian, Armenian, and French." It's good for anyone interested in history, and can be used as a learning tool in the classroom for older kids.
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