Thursday, April 17, 2014

"Off the Edge of the Map" by Michael Rank- A Living Book Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
As a homeschooling mom, when I saw this book, I got really excited. What mom wouldn't love a living book about history? Off the Edge of the Map: Marco Polo, Captain Cook, and 9 Other Travelers and Explorers That Pushed the Boundaries of the Known World is not a dry historical textbook.
This book is best read broken into parts, in my opinion. It's a bit much and a little overwhelming for a kid to read all at once like a novel. Parts of it were tough for Brandon (age 12) to get through.
He kept trying it though. In fact, he picked up the book to read it several times. While I wouldn't say that it's his new favorite book, he has gleaned some valuable historical facts from it.
I do think that given more time and allowing him to mature some more, definitely by high school years, Brandon will really get into this book as he is a bit of a history buff like his Grandpa was. 
I even read quite a few passages from various sections throughout the book. I think that it is well written, informational, and certainly NOT dry and boring!
I think that this book would be an excellent resource for homeschooling families and a great gift for a history buff!


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 West form a military alliance against the Islam; Marco Polo, who opened a window to the East for Europe; 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 travelled for religious piety, such as Ibn Battuta, who travelled from North Africa to Indonesia in the 1300s, visiting every Islamic pilgrimage site between — and becoming counselor to over 30 heads of state. Others travelled for profit, such as Ferdinand Magellan, who wanted to consolidate Spain’s holdings on the spice trade. Still others travelled 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.
Get the book at Amazon by clicking here.  (It is available in paperback and Kindle versions!)

About Michael Rank

Michael writes history books on dictators, the Middle East, and insane rulers, not necessarily in that order. He lives somewhere between Europe and Asia (literally).
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