The Marco Polo Odyssey
by Harry Rutstein

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. The 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. Over 200 photographs 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-and-blood history and a rousing good story of adventure and achievement. *Includes DVD: On the Roof of the World with Marco Polo.


About the Author:

Harry Rutstein is not only a modern day Marco Polo, he s a recognized expert on the life of Marco Polo. In 1985, after four years of research and ten years of travel, he became the first person to follow the 13th century explorer s route across Europe and Asia. He is co-author of In the Footsteps of Marco Polo: A Twentieth-Century Odyssey published by The Viking Press in 1980. In 1981 Harry produced and appeared in On the Roof of the World with Marco Polo, a documentary film about his travels, which premiered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Like Marco Polo, Harry Rutstein has been a merchant of high technology in China for 20 years. He resides in Seattle, Washington.