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

 
 
 
 
Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe
Author: Laurence Bergreen
ISBN 13: 9780060936389
ISBN 10: 6093638
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Perennial / HarperCollins
Publication Date: 2004-11-02
Format: Paperback
Pages: 458
List Price: $16.99
 
 

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 Voyage to Mars: NASA's search for life beyond Earth 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

The New York Times

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. Binding it all together is the psychology of Magellan's flawed leadership, the source of constant tension in his fleet. Driven by a fanatical dream to find the Spice Islands, Magellan was a frustrated Portuguese nobleman sailing for the king of Spain and a complicated man with absolute power of life and death over his crew. Almost five centuries after embarking on his world-changing voyage, he emerges here in the hands of a capable biographer who is simultaneously attracted and repelled by his excesses. — W. Jeffrey Bolster