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Columbus: The Four Voyages, 1492-1504

Columbus: The Four Voyages, 1492-1504

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By (author) Laurence Bergreen

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 448 pages
  • Dimensions: 144mm x 209mm x 30mm | 486g
  • Publication date: 28 February 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 014312210X
  • ISBN 13: 9780143122104
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, colour illustrations, black & white halftones, colour illustrations, maps
  • Sales rank: 268,369

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He knew nothing of celestial navigation or of the existence of the Pacific Ocean. He was a self-promoting and ambitious entrepreneur. His maps were a hybrid of fantasy and delusion. When he did make land, he enslaved the populace he found, encouraged genocide, and polluted relations between people. He ended his career in near lunacy. But Columbus had one asset that made all the difference, an inborn sense of the sea, of wind and weather, and of selecting the optimal course to get from A to B. Laurence Bergreen's energetic and bracing book gives the whole Columbus and most importantly, the whole of his career, not just the highlight of 1492. Columbus undertook three more voyages between 1494 and 1504, each designed to demonstrate that he could sail to China within a matter of weeks and convert those he found there to Christianity. By their conclusion, Columbus was broken in body and spirit, a hero undone by the tragic flaw of pride. If the first voyage illustrates the rewards of exploration, this book shows how the subsequent voyages illustrate the costs - political, moral, and economic.

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Laurence Bergreen is the prizewinning author of six previous works of non-fiction. He is a graduate of Harvard University and has written for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Newsweek and Esquire.

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"Laurence Bergreen's new book, refreshingly, is fluid in style in its style and comprehensive in its research. Richly illustrated and enhanced with maps that are as legible as they are relevant. "Columbus: The Four Voyages" is complex in its themes, intriguing in its substance and sparkling with suprises."--The Washington Times