Over The Edge Of The World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation Of The Globe by Laurence BergreenOver The Edge Of The World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation Of The Globe by Laurence Bergreen

Over The Edge Of The World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation Of The Globe

byLaurence Bergreen

Paperback | November 2, 2004

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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.

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.
Title:Over The Edge Of The World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation Of The GlobeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.82 inPublished:November 2, 2004Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:006093638X

ISBN - 13:9780060936389

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from "A First rate historical page turner!" When I read reviews on the cover of books I usually wonder how much the authors/publishers had to pay in order to generate a positive marketing or publicity. Often I see the words 'gripping', 'amazing', 'compelling', etc. to describe the author's work. Sadly and often times, however, the book hardly grips, amazes or compels you. As an avid and long-time reader, I've learned not to pay too much attention to the words of people inside the world of reviewing (ie New York Times Book Review, San Francisco Chronicle). Professional reviews have become overrated. Ultimately, what matters most is my opinion. What does it have to do with this book? Well, seldom do I find a book that turns out exactly what the reviews on the cover say. This time, I agree with the critics. "Over the Edge of the World" is truly 'gripping', 'highly readable', 'wonderfully written' and a 'first-rate historical page-turner'. It is arguably the best historic account of the first-recorded circumnavigation of the globe. Bergreen relies mostly on primary sources which are carefully structured so that it flows beautifully through and through. He takes you on board with Magellan and his crew as they explore, battle, mutiny, suffer, and die across the seas in search of - not gold, not treasure - but spices. If you love history and adventure, you will definitely love this book. It will simply amaze you!
Date published: 2009-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read! Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe - by Laurence Bergreen. This book is fantastic. Laurence Bergreen takes textbook facts and puts them in a story-type time line in this novel, which allows the reader to take in and absorb the many important dates and bits of information the book has to offer. Bergreen does an amazing job of putting together the various accounts and logbooks to come out with the finished product. Over the Edge of the World is a gripping tale depicting Ferdinand Magellan's circumnavigation of the globe, and his quest to find and conquer the Moluccas (Spice islands) in the name of the king of Spain. I won't say more on it, but read it, you won't be disappointed. One thing I will say, however, is that this book is not an easy read. It has been rated at a university 3 reading level. A woman in my office who was a teacher used this book in her curriculum. She asked me, and I quote, "are you actually reading that, or are you trying to impress somebody?" I admitted I was reading it and she in turn admitted she was impressed with me for the first time. She was impressed doubly when I said I loved the book.
Date published: 2008-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best historical books ever! Get out the popcorn because this book would make one amazing historical movie thriller full of thievery, adventure, sex, intrigue and anything else you can think of. Ferdinand Magellan or Fernando Magalhaes (his real Portuguese name) betrayed his homeland to sail for the enemy Castillians in search of the near mythical Spice Islands. This book is written with fluidity and ease that literally places the reader on the deck of one of the caravels plowing through the stormy seas or as an eye- witness between first contact between Europeans and peoples peoples from Patagonia to Asia. Laurence Bergreen shows how a history should be written. Amazing historical reseach. This book was hard to put down.
Date published: 2008-02-14

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