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    DescriptionHe 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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    Title
    Columbus
    Subtitle
    The Four Voyages, 1492-1504
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Laurence Bergreen
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 448
    Width: 144 mm
    Height: 209 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 486 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780143122104
    ISBN 10: 014312210X
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25500
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBLH, HBTM
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JB
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3H
    BIC subject category V2: HBJK
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.3
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    DC22: B
    Libri: I-HP
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1K
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    B&T Approval Code: A19200000
    BISAC V2.8: BIO023000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/16CNTY, CHRN/15CNTY
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: H2
    BISAC V2.8: HIS051000
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    BISAC V2.8: BIO006000
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    BIC subject category V2: 3H, 3JB, 1K
    DC22: 970.01/5092
    DC23: 970.015
    LC classification: E118 .B47 2012
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations, colour illustrations, black & white halftones, colour illustrations, maps
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Publication date
    28 February 2013
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    "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