Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe (Hardcover)

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Terrifying indeed! Bergreen does a wonderful job of bringing the Age of Discovery to life and placing Magellan in the context of his times. We tend to forget that Magellan sailed off during the height of the Spanish Inquisition, so it's hardly surprising that, faced with mutiny, Magellan employed the techniques of the inquisitors to discourage further upheavals. And these horrors came even before exiting the Atlantic and sailing into the unimagined distances of the Pacific, which was thought to be a largish bay between South America and the Spice Islands. The descriptions of the scurvy-plagued fleet are not for the faint of heart.

— Chris


The riveting story of Ferdinand Magellan’s historic 60,000-mile ocean voyage—now updated with a new introduction commemorating the 500th anniversary of his journey.

“Prodigious research, sure-footed prose and vivid descriptions make for a thoroughly satisfying account... it is all here in the wondrous detail, a first-rate historical page turner.”— New York Times Book Review

Ferdinand Magellan's daring circumnavigation of the globe in the sixteenth century was a three-year odyssey filled with sex, violence, and amazing adventure. Now in Over the Edge of the World, prize-winning biographer and journalist Laurence Bergreen entwines a variety of candid, firsthand accounts, bringing to life this groundbreaking and majestic tale of discovery that changed both the way explorers would henceforth navigate the oceans and history itself.

Now updated to include a new introduction commemorating the 500th anniversary of Magellan’s voyage.

About the Author

Laurence Bergreen is the author of four biographies, each considered the definitive work on its subject: Louis Armstrong: An Extravagant Life, Capone: The Man and the Era, As Thousands Cheer: The Life of Irving Berlin, and Voyage to Mars: NASA's Search for Life Beyond Earth. A graduate of Harvard University, he lives in New York City.

Praise For…

“A marvelous piece of scholarship”
— New Zealand Herald

Product Details
ISBN: 9780066211732
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: October 14th, 2003
Pages: 480
Language: English

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