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Over the Edge of the World Magellans Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe

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A superb story that throws light on Magellan’s audacious circumnavigation of the globe, Over the Edge of the World is a fascinating lesson in history that delivers as much adventure and appeal as Dava Sobel’s Longitude, and Nathaniel Philbrick’s In the Heart of the Sea.
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Publisher Comments:

In 1519 Magellan and his fleet set sail from Seville, Spain, to find a water route to the Spice Islands in Indonesia, where the most sought-after commodities-cloves, pepper, and nutmeg-flourished. Most important, they were looking for a passageway, a strait, through the great landmass of the Americas that would lead them to these fabled islands. Laurence Bergreen takes readers on board with Magellan and his crew as they explore, navigate, mutiny, suffer, and die across the seas. He also recounts the many unusual sexual practices the crew experienced, from orgies in Brazil to bizarre customs in the South Pacific. With a fleet of five ships and more than two hundred men, they had set out in search of the Spice Islands. Three years later they returned with an abundance of spices from their intended destination, but with just one ship carrying eighteen emaciated men. They suffered starvation, disease, and torture, and many died, including Magellan, who was violently killed in a fierce battle. This is the first time in nearly half a century that anyone has attempted to narrate the complete story of Magellan’ s unprecedented circumnavigation of the globe-to tell this truly gripping and profoundly important story of heroism, discovery, and disaster. A voyage into history, a tour of the world emerging from the Middle Ages into the Renaissance, an anthropological account of tribes, languages, and customs unknown to Europeans, and a chronicle of a desperate grab for commercial and political power, OVER THE EDGE OF THE WORLD is a captivating tale that rivals the most exciting thriller fiction.

Review:

"A vivid account of Magellan's star-crossed voyage around the world nearly five centuries ago....Very nicely written through and through." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"A revisionist view — and also a cracking good tale." Library Journal

Review:

"[A] powerful tale of adventure with a strong presence and rich detail." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Fascinating reading for history buffs, and a great story that rivals any seagoing adventure." Gavin Quinn, Booklist

Review:

"Prodigious research, sure-footed prose and vivid depictions make for a thoroughly satisfying account of the age in which Iberian seafarers groped their way around the world." W. Jeffrey Bolster, The New York Times

Book News Annotation:

In chronicling the landmark but ultimately fatal voyage undertaken by the Portuguese explorer to find a sea route to Indonesia's Spice Islands from 1519-21, the author of includes spicy details of the political intrigue and exotic sexual practices encountered. The book includes color plates and endpaper maps.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

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, acclaimed author Laurence Bergreen, interweaving a variety of candid, first-person accounts, some previously unavailable in English, brings to life this groundbreaking and majestic tale of discovery that changed many long-held views about the world and the way explorers would henceforth navigate its oceans.

In 1519 Magellan and his fleet set sail from Seville, Spain, to find a water route to the Spice Islands in Indonesia, where the most sought-after commodities — cloves, pepper, and nutmeg — flourished. Most important, they were looking for a passageway, a strait, through the great landmass of the Americas that would lead them to these fabled islands. Laurence Bergreen takes readers on board with Magellan and his crew as they explore, navigate, mutiny, suffer, and die across the seas. He also recounts the many unusual sexual practices the crew experienced, from orgies in Brazil to bizarre customs in the South Pacific. With a fleet of five ships and more than two hundred men, they had set out in search of the Spice Islands. Three years later they returned with an abundance of spices from their intended destination, but with just one ship carrying eighteen emaciated men. They suffered starvation, disease, and torture, and many died, including Magellan, who was violently killed in a fierce battle.

A man of great tenacity, cunning, and courage, Magellan was full of contradictions. He was both heroic and foolish, insightful yet blind, a visionary whose instincts outran his ideals. Ambitious to a fault and not above using torture and murder to maintain control of his ships and sailors, he survived innumerable natural hazards in addition to several violent mutinies aboard his own fleet — and it took no less than the massed forces of fifteen hundred men to kill him.

This is the first time in nearly half a century that anyone has attempted to narrate the complete story of Magellan's unprecedented circumnavigation of the globe — to tell this truly gripping and profoundly important story of heroism, discovery, and disaster. A voyage into history, a tour of the world emerging from the Middle Ages into the Renaissance, an anthropological account of tribes, languages, and customs unknown to Europeans, and a chronicle of a desperate grab for commercial and political power, Over the Edge of the World is a captivating tale that rivals the most exciting thriller fiction.

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [431]-439) and index.

Synopsis:

A groundbreaking tale of discovery that brings to life Ferdinand Magellan's daring circumnavigation of the globe in the 16th century, a three-year odyssey filled with sex, violence, and amazing adventure--based on first-hand accounts that have never been used before.

About the Author

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780066211732
Subtitle:
Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe
Author:
Bergreen, Laurence
Author:
Bergreen, Laurence
Publisher:
William Morrow
Location:
New York
Subject:
Adventurers & Explorers
Subject:
Adventure
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Maritime History
Subject:
Explorers
Subject:
Voyages around the world
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
World - General
Subject:
Expeditions & Discoveries
Subject:
World
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
53
Publication Date:
20031014
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
9.36x6.44x1.45 in. 1.66 lbs.

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Product details 480 pages HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS - English 9780066211732 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

A superb story that throws light on Magellan’s audacious circumnavigation of the globe, Over the Edge of the World is a fascinating lesson in history that delivers as much adventure and appeal as Dava Sobel’s Longitude, and Nathaniel Philbrick’s In the Heart of the Sea.

"Review" by , "A vivid account of Magellan's star-crossed voyage around the world nearly five centuries ago....Very nicely written through and through."
"Review" by , "A revisionist view — and also a cracking good tale."
"Review" by , "[A] powerful tale of adventure with a strong presence and rich detail."
"Review" by , "Fascinating reading for history buffs, and a great story that rivals any seagoing adventure."
"Review" by , "Prodigious research, sure-footed prose and vivid depictions make for a thoroughly satisfying account of the age in which Iberian seafarers groped their way around the world."
"Synopsis" by , 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, acclaimed author Laurence Bergreen, interweaving a variety of candid, first-person accounts, some previously unavailable in English, brings to life this groundbreaking and majestic tale of discovery that changed many long-held views about the world and the way explorers would henceforth navigate its oceans.

In 1519 Magellan and his fleet set sail from Seville, Spain, to find a water route to the Spice Islands in Indonesia, where the most sought-after commodities — cloves, pepper, and nutmeg — flourished. Most important, they were looking for a passageway, a strait, through the great landmass of the Americas that would lead them to these fabled islands. Laurence Bergreen takes readers on board with Magellan and his crew as they explore, navigate, mutiny, suffer, and die across the seas. He also recounts the many unusual sexual practices the crew experienced, from orgies in Brazil to bizarre customs in the South Pacific. With a fleet of five ships and more than two hundred men, they had set out in search of the Spice Islands. Three years later they returned with an abundance of spices from their intended destination, but with just one ship carrying eighteen emaciated men. They suffered starvation, disease, and torture, and many died, including Magellan, who was violently killed in a fierce battle.

A man of great tenacity, cunning, and courage, Magellan was full of contradictions. He was both heroic and foolish, insightful yet blind, a visionary whose instincts outran his ideals. Ambitious to a fault and not above using torture and murder to maintain control of his ships and sailors, he survived innumerable natural hazards in addition to several violent mutinies aboard his own fleet — and it took no less than the massed forces of fifteen hundred men to kill him.

This is the first time in nearly half a century that anyone has attempted to narrate the complete story of Magellan's unprecedented circumnavigation of the globe — to tell this truly gripping and profoundly important story of heroism, discovery, and disaster. A voyage into history, a tour of the world emerging from the Middle Ages into the Renaissance, an anthropological account of tribes, languages, and customs unknown to Europeans, and a chronicle of a desperate grab for commercial and political power, Over the Edge of the World is a captivating tale that rivals the most exciting thriller fiction.

"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. [431]-439) and index.
"Synopsis" by , A groundbreaking tale of discovery that brings to life Ferdinand Magellan's daring circumnavigation of the globe in the 16th century, a three-year odyssey filled with sex, violence, and amazing adventure--based on first-hand accounts that have never been used before.
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