About Laurence Bergreen
Laurence Bergreen brings incredible odysseys to life. His previous titles include Columbus: The Four Voyages, Over the Edge of the World: Magellan’s Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe, Voyage to Mars: NASA’s Search for Life Beyond Earth, Louis Armstrong: An Extravagant Life, Capone: The Man and the Era, As Thousands Cheer: The Life of Irving Berlin, and James Agee: A Life, are each considered the definitive work on its subject.
In October, 2007 Knopf published Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu, a comprehensive biography of one of the world’s earliest and most influential explorers and one of history’s most fascinating characters. Based on extensive research that took him from Venice to China to Mongolia (where he lived in a ger camp, as Mongols did in Polo’s time), Bergreen gives us a lush story of adventure, exploration, and commerce. A movie based on Marco Polo’s life is in the works with Matt Damon slated to star. Mr. Bergreen is a consultant on the film.