The Man Who Never Was

Marco Polo occupies, for many, that weird historical space between legend and fact. We cannot be sure, for instance, if a William "Braveheart" Wallace ever really existed. Nor can we be sure of the existence of Jesus of Nazareth. But for me at least, the question of whether or not there was a Marco Polo— who sailed to China and returned in glory— is resolved in the negative. The Travels of Marco Polo is no more historically accurate than L. Ron Hubbard's Battlefield Earth...

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