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  - Ma_Washigeri - LibraryThing

Magellan's voyage in 1519 was not long after the brutal mass eviction of Jews from Spain in 1492 and in the long build up to the terrible removal of 350,000 Muslims between 1609 to 1614. So this book ... Read full review

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A solid read about a person of history I knew little about. Over the Edge of the World tells the story, in detail, of Magellan's voyage around the world. It also tells, in detail, the history of ... 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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