Over the Edge of the World by Laurence Bergreen
Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe

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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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Laurence Bergreen is a prize-winning biographer and historian. His books have been translated into fifteen languages worldwide. His last book, Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe, was a New York Times "Notable Book" for 2003 and a bestseller. He has written for many national publications including Esquire, Newsweek, and The Chicago Tribune. Mr. Bergreen graduated from Harvard in 1972. He is a member of PEN American Center, and is a trustee of the New York Society Library. He lives in New York.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 504 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Action & Adventure, Professional & Technical, War, Literature & Fiction, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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Still, Bergreen writes, the expedition had an important effect not only in pointing the way to the Spice Island trade, but also in dispelling reigning myths about “mermaids, boiling water at the equator, and a magnetic island capable of pulling the nails from passing ships.” Very nicely written t...

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Journalist Bergreen, who has penned biographies of James Agee, Louis Armstrong, Irving Berlin and Al Capone, superbly recreates Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan's obsessive 16th-century quest, an ill-fated journey that altered Europe's perception of the planet: "It was a dream as old as th...

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So he might seem an unlikely candidate to tackle the epic story of Ferdinand Magellan's three-year voyage around the world (1519-1522) --- the trip that proved once and for all that the earth was round, corrected wildly inaccurate notions of where continents and ocean lay, and affected global geo...

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Bergreen highlights the squalid glamour and all-too-present danger that characterized life at sea during this crucial moment in the West's imperial ambitions.

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Laurence Bergreen's Over the Edge of the World, an engaging account of Magellan's circumnavigation of the globe, successfully skirts this problem: Bergreen draws the early sixteenth century with so much seethingly lifelike detail that the reader is drawn into the story even as Magellan himself re...

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