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

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Harper Perennial, 2004 - Explorers - 456 pages
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In September 1519 five ships and 260 men set sail from Sanlúcar de Barrameda under the command of the portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan. Their quest was to find a passage around the New World and across the unknown Pacific Ocean. Almost three years later, one battered ship and eighteen diseased men returned to Spain, their captain murdered and their voyage a disaster. Yet, despite all the mutinies, drowning and starvation, these were the first men to circle the globe. Drawing on astonishing first-hand sources, many previously unavailable in English, the author recounts a tale of scheming mutineers, beachside orgies, brave seamanship, obsessive greed and unimaginable bravery.

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Bergreens writing style flows, making it easy to read. - Goodreads
An excellent and well researched book. - Goodreads
This is a very interesting and educational book. - Goodreads
Another great, nonfiction selection from our Book Club! - Goodreads
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An interesting perspective: from the point of view not just of the westernised culture which is handed down as orthodox, but from the point of view of the indigenous populations which the West have ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Laurence Bergreen is the author of the highly acclaimed biographies Capone: The Man and his Era, As Thousands Cheer: The Life of Irving Berlin, James Agee: A Life and Louis Armstrong: An Extravagant Life. His most recent book is the story of NASA's quest For Mars.

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