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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (188 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laurence Bergreen Narrator: Tim Jerome Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From the author of the Magellan biography, Over the Edge of the World, comes a mesmerizing new account of the great explorer.

Christopher Columbus’s 1492 voyage across the Atlantic Ocean in search of a trading route to China, and his unexpected landfall in the Americas, is a watershed event in world history. Yet Columbus made three more voyages within the span of only a decade, each designed to demonstrate that he could sail to China within a matter of weeks and convert those he found there to Christianity. These later voyages were even more adventurous, violent, and ambiguous, but they revealed Columbus’s uncanny sense of the sea, his mingled brilliance and delusion, and his superb navigational skills. In all these exploits he almost never lost a sailor. By their conclusion, however, Columbus was broken in body and spirit. If the first voyage illustrates the rewards of exploration, the latter voyages illustrate the tragic costs—political, moral, and economic.

In rich detail Laurence Bergreen recreates each of these adventures as well as the historical background of Columbus’s celebrated, controversial career. Written from the participants’ vivid perspectives, this breathtakingly dramatic account will be embraced by readers of Bergreen’s previous biographies of Marco Polo and Magellan and by fans of Nathaniel Philbrick, Simon Winchester, and Tony Horwitz.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Laura Jordan | 2/18/2014

    " So parts of this book were plodding (mostly the second and third voyage), but the section on the fourth voyage really made up for it. I think I also wanted to know more about Spanish politics at the time, and Bergreen seemed to be solely focused on Columbus himself, and not the context. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Brian Lee | 2/14/2014

    " Fairly good. If you are a history buff this is a nice book to have in your collection. However, I loved Bergreen's Over The Edge Of The World and would recommend that book over both this and his Marco Polo bio. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Joe | 2/12/2014

    " This is a must read for any History student, old or new. I outlines the political storms that Columbus had to weather as rivals who played with the attitudes of the Monarchy and the Church as to Christopher Columbus. They continually tried to cultivate a belief that was a dreamer, an unschooled risk taker and an undisciplined sailor who did not work toward the advantage of Spain and the Monarchy. Columbus overcame jealousy, greed, insurrection, barbarism, egotism, religion, political intrigues and much more surrounding his four voyages. Fighting and maneuvering during his absences from Spain, which were long, worked to his disadvantage and confrontation of those who were made opinionated during his long absences caused his great problems and physical and mental distress when he return home. In need of rest he found bitter conflict and insult instead of reward. High Admiral to prisoner to high Admiral, Columbus was always in a whirlwind at sea or on land. Savant to idiot to Savant opinions changed continuously. In the opinions of the Spanish, Portuguese and Italians opinion on Columbus was based upon self interest of the evaluating party. The Portuguese and Italians saw him as a threat to their prospects in the New World. The Spanish cavaliers saw him as a threat to money and power. They all worked to crush this simple Man. Columbus always believed that he had found the East and went to his grave with this idea in his heart. He was the protector of all he found and watched with horror at the mistreatment of the natives the Spanish encountered. After putting the New World in the hands of Spain his rewards were modest and at times punitive as compared to those of the cruel conquistadors that amassed fortunes for their finds of gold and money from their dealings in the Slave Trade. The subject matter of the book is a compilation of adventures, sadness, intrigue and a very good history of the man who is credited now with the discovery of America and the times he lived in.conquistadors Read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jeana | 1/24/2014

    " After reading Bergreen's Over the Edge and absolutely loving it, I looked forward to reading more of his work, starting with Columbus. I felt this book was very different and it took me a long time to work through it. It is almost entirely a narrative, telling the story from beginning to end, where Over the Edge was broken up with various related topics of interest. This made me a bit disappointed with Columbus, thus the three stars. However, it was clearly well-researched and thorough. I learned a ton about these supremely important set of voyages (including the unfortunate realization that the remains I visited in Sevilla were possibly NOT his actual remains, oh well!). I will continue to look for works by Bergreen written in the style of Over the Edge. "

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