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Amerigo: The Man Who Gave His Name to America

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In 1507, European cartographers were struggling to redraw their maps of the world and to name the newly found lands of the Western Hemisphere. The name they settled on: America, after Amerigo Vespucci, an obscure Florentine explorer.

In Amerigo, the award-winning scholar Felipe Fernandez-Armesto answers the question What's in a name? by delivering a rousing flesh-and-blood narrative of the life and times of Amerigo Vespucci. Here we meet Amerigo as he really was: a sometime slaver and small-time jewel trader; a contemporary, confidant, and rival of Columbus; an amateur sorcerer who attained fame and honor by dint of a series of disastrous failures and equally grand self-reinventions. Filled with well-informed insights and amazing anecdotes, this magisterial and compulsively readable account sweeps readers from Medicean Florence to the Sevillian court of Ferdinand and Isabella, then across the Atlantic of Columbus to the brave New World where fortune favored the bold.

Amerigo Vespucci emerges from these pages as an irresistible avatar for the age of exploration-and as a man of genuine achievement as a voyager and chronicler of discovery. A product of the Florentine Renaissance, Amerigo in many ways was like his native Florence at the turn of the sixteenth century: fast-paced, flashy, competitive, acquisitive, and violent. His ability to sell himself-evident now, 500 years later, as an entire hemisphere that he did not discover bears his name-was legendary. But as Fernandez-Armesto ably demonstrates, there was indeed some fire to go with all the smoke: In addition to being a relentless salesman and possibly a ruthless appropriator of other people's efforts, Amerigo wasforemost a person of unique abilities, courage, and cunning. And now, in Amerigo, this mercurial and elusive figure finally has a biography to do full justice to both the man and his remarkable era.

A dazzling new biography . . . an elegant tale.

-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

An outstanding historian of Atlantic exploration, Fernandez-Armesto delves into the oddities of cultural transmission that attached the name America to the continents discovered in the 1490s. Most know that it honors Amerigo Vespucci, whom the author introduces as an amazing Renaissance character independent of his name's fame-and does Fernandez-Armesto ever deliver.

-Booklist (starred review)

From the Hardcover edition.

Synopsis:

In Amerigo, the award-winning scholar Felipe Fernández-Armesto answers the question “Whats in a name?” by delivering a rousing flesh-and-blood narrative of the life and times of Amerigo Vespucci. Here we meet Amerigo as he really was: a rogue and raconteur who counted Christopher Columbus among his friends and rivals; an amateur sorcerer who attained fame and honor through a series of disastrous failures and equally grand self-reinventions. Filled with well-informed insights and amazing anecdotes, this magisterial and compulsively readable account sweeps readers from Medicean Florence to the Sevillian court of Ferdinand and Isabella, then across the Atlantic of Columbus to the brave New World where fortune favored the bold.

Amerigo Vespucci emerges from these pages as an irresistible avatar for the age of exploration-and as a man of genuine achievement as a voyager and chronicler of discovery. And now, in Amerigo, this mercurial and elusive figure finally has a biography to do full justice to both the man and his remarkable era.

Praise for Amerigo:

“Wonderfully idiosyncratic and intelligent.”

-The New York Times Book Review

“Fascinating . . . [Fernández-Armestos] lively style is effective in evoking the flashy and violent world of Renaissance Europe.”

-The Washington Post Book World

“An outstanding historian . . . [Fernández-Armesto] introduces Amerigo Vespucci as an amazing Renaissance character independent of his names fame-and does Fernández-Armesto ever deliver.”

-Booklist (starred review)

“Dazzling . . . an elegant tale of Vespuccis ability to transform himself from a merchant into an explorer and conqueror of new worlds.”

-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST

About the Author

Felipe Fernández-Armesto, the Prince of Asturias Professor of History at Tufts University, is the author of several books, including The Americas, Millennium, Columbus, and Near a Thousand Tables: A History of Food. He is the recipient of many honors and awards, including the Cairo Medal, the John Carter Brown Medal, and the Premio Nacional de Investigación of Spains Sociedad Geográfica Española. His work has appeared in twenty-four languages, and his journalism and broadcasts appear frequently in Spanish and British media.

From the Hardcover edition.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780812972986
Author:
Fernandez Armesto, F
Publisher:
Random House Trade
Author:
Fernandez-Armesto, Felipe
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Subject:
Americas (North Central South West Indies)
Subject:
World - General
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Adventurers & Explorers
Subject:
Explorers
Subject:
Italian
Subject:
Explorers -- Portugal.
Subject:
Explorers -- America.
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20080831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8-PP PHOTO SECTION; MAPS
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
7.96x5.26x.59 in. .46 lbs.

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Product details 272 pages Random House Trade - English 9780812972986 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In Amerigo, the award-winning scholar Felipe Fernández-Armesto answers the question “Whats in a name?” by delivering a rousing flesh-and-blood narrative of the life and times of Amerigo Vespucci. Here we meet Amerigo as he really was: a rogue and raconteur who counted Christopher Columbus among his friends and rivals; an amateur sorcerer who attained fame and honor through a series of disastrous failures and equally grand self-reinventions. Filled with well-informed insights and amazing anecdotes, this magisterial and compulsively readable account sweeps readers from Medicean Florence to the Sevillian court of Ferdinand and Isabella, then across the Atlantic of Columbus to the brave New World where fortune favored the bold.

Amerigo Vespucci emerges from these pages as an irresistible avatar for the age of exploration-and as a man of genuine achievement as a voyager and chronicler of discovery. And now, in Amerigo, this mercurial and elusive figure finally has a biography to do full justice to both the man and his remarkable era.

Praise for Amerigo:

“Wonderfully idiosyncratic and intelligent.”

-The New York Times Book Review

“Fascinating . . . [Fernández-Armestos] lively style is effective in evoking the flashy and violent world of Renaissance Europe.”

-The Washington Post Book World

“An outstanding historian . . . [Fernández-Armesto] introduces Amerigo Vespucci as an amazing Renaissance character independent of his names fame-and does Fernández-Armesto ever deliver.”

-Booklist (starred review)

“Dazzling . . . an elegant tale of Vespuccis ability to transform himself from a merchant into an explorer and conqueror of new worlds.”

-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST

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