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Title:
Over the edge of the world Magellan's terrifying circumnavigation of the globe
Author:
Bergreen, Laurence.
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Publication Information:
New York : Harper Audio, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
5 audio discs : stereophonic, digital, 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Abridged.

Compact discs.

Compace discs.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780060577308
Format :
Audiobook on CD

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Summary

In 1519 Magellan and his fleet of five ships set sail from Seville, Spain, to discover a water route to the fabled Spice Islands in Indonesia, where the most sought-after commodities -- cloves, pepper, and nutmeg -- flourished. Three years later, a handful of survivors returned with an abundance of spices from their intended destination, but with just one ship carrying eighteen emaciated men. During their remarkable voyage around the world the crew endured starvation, disease, mutiny, and torture. Many men died, including Magellan, who was violently killed in a fierce battle.

This is the first full account in nearly half a century of this voyage into history: a tour of the world emerging from the Middle Ages into the Renaissance; a startling anthropological account of tribes, languages, and customs unknown to Europeans; and a chronicle of a desperate grab for commercial and political power.


Summary

Ferdinand Magellan navigated an obsessive and deadly quest to find a water route to the fabled Spice Islands; a mission he set out to accomplish for Spain. Magellan's adventurous tale is recreated by Bergreen with precision and detail.


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Library Journal Review

Biographer Bergreen (Louis Armstrong, Irving Berlin) sails where Magellan sailed and recaptures his life. A revisionist view-and also a cracking good tale. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.