Saturday, March 29, 2014

Book Review: Off the Edge of the Map by Michael Rank

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.  All opinions are my own. 

Off the Edge of the Map:
Marco Polo, Captain Cook, and 9 Other Travelers and 
Explorers That Pushed the Boundaries of the Known World
by  Michael Rank

About the Book:
"From the #1 bestselling author of History's Greatest Generals comes an exciting new paperback 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 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. 

This book will look at the 11 greatest explorers in history. Some traveled for religious piety, such as Ibn Battuta, who traveled from North Africa to China in the 1300s, visiting every Islamic pilgrimage site between. Others traveled for profit, such as Ferdinand Magellan, who wanted to consolidate Spain's holdings on the spice trade. Still others traveled 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."

My Review:

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 your school or class library.

*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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