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

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - History - 512 pages
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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.

 

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User Review  - pbjwelch - LibraryThing

Everything I knew about Magellan I learned in 6th or 7th grade so it clearly was time for an update, but it took a desire to learn more about the 16th century exploration and colonisation of Asia by ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lord_Boris - LibraryThing

As others have said this is primarily a page-turning adventure on the high seas featuring endurance, fear, starvation, mutiny, scurvy, greed, death, torture etc. All for a few barrels of cloves. The ... Read full review

Contents

A Ghostly Apparition
1
In Search of Empire
5
The Quest
7
The Man Without a Country
40
Neverlands
68
The Church of the Lawless
91
The Edge of the World
125
The Crucible of Leadership
127
The Final Battle
256
Back from the Dead
289
Ship of Mutineers
291
Survivors
313
Et in Arcadia Ego
341
Ghost Ship
368
After Magellan
395
Notes on Sources
415

Castaways
155
Dragons Tail
172
A Race Against Death
204
A Vanished Empire
221
Bibliography
431
Acknowledgments
441
Index
445
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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.

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