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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (539 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gavin Menzies Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The brilliance of the Renaissance laid the foundation of the modern world. Textbooks tell us that it came about as a result of a rediscovery of the ideas and ideals of classical Greece and Rome. But now bestselling historian Gavin Menzies makes the startling argument that in the year 1434, China—then the world’s most technologically advanced civilization—provided the spark that set the European Renaissance ablaze. From that date onward, Europeans embraced Chinese ideas, discoveries, and inventions, all of which form the basis of Western civilization today.

The New York Times bestselling author of 1421 combines a long-overdue historical reexamination with the excitement of an investigative adventure, bringing the reader aboard the remarkable Chinese fleet as it sails from China to Cairo and Florence, and then back across the world. Erudite and brilliantly reasoned, 1434 will change the way we see ourselves, our history, and our world.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Hope | 2/16/2014

    " So there were some interesting bits. I enjoyed the first few pages, the last chapter, and some bits in the middle about DaVinchi. The rest was monotinous and slow and boring as all hell. The author kept telling the reader to visit his website for more information. It read more like a series of articles that should be in a magazine rather than a book. This tried to be many things, and got lost along the way. Just not my style of history book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Phil Terrana | 2/11/2014

    " I enjoyed it very much. The premise was that the Chinese were sailing around the world, had visited the Americas, and had detailed maps of the entire globe before Columbus set sail in 1492. In addition to this the book suggested that many of the diagrams drawn by Da Vinci that have established him as a great inventor wre drawn by earlier Europeans and also by the Chinese before them. 1434 is the year that a Chinese fleet sailed to Italy and brought with it maps, sailing knowledge, and scientific and engineering information that had a great influence that led to the period of European enlightenment referred to as the Renaissance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Donna | 2/10/2014

    " This history was very interesting and revealing. The scholarship was quite astonishing, but the book seemed a bit pedantic. It was great historical scholarship but a little intense for pleasure reading. Gavin Menzies' research should be incorporated into every world history and American history textbook. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bill&Sue | 2/5/2014

    " better than the first one! math, art, inventions, astronomy... "

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