Magellan: Over the Edge of the World: Over the Edge of the World (Hardcover)
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
A middle-grade adaptation of Laurence Bergreen's adult bestseller, about Magellan's historic voyage around the globe.
On September 6, 1522, a horribly battered ship manned by eighteen malnourished, scurvy-ridden sailors appeared on the horizon near a Spanish port. They were survivors of the first European expedition to circle the globe. Originally comprised of five ships and 260 sailors, the fleet's captain and most of its crew were dead. How did Ferdinand Magellan's voyage to circle the world—one of the largest and best-equipped expeditions ever mounted—turn into this ghost ship? The answer is provided in this thoroughly researched tale of mutiny and murder spanning the entire globe, marked equally by triumph and tragedy. Thrilling, grisly, and completely true, Magellan: Over the Edge of the World tells a story that not only marks a turning point in history, but also resonates powerfully with the present.
About the Author
Laurence Bergreen is an award-winning biographer whose previous titles include Columbus: The Four Voyages, 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, each considered the definitive work on its subject. His work has been translated into twenty-five languages worldwide. He has written for many national publications, including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, and has taught at the New School for Social Research. A graduate of Harvard University, he lives in New York City.
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