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Columbus: The Four Voyages
 
 
Author
Laurence Bergreen.
Publisher Viking/BOMC  
Format hardcover, BOMC
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.45 inches
ISBN 9780670023011
Pages/Publication Date 423/2011
Daedalus Item Code 38036
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Following his biographies of Marco Polo and Magellan (as well as of Louis Armstrong, Al Capone, Irving Berlin, and James Agee), Laurence Bergreen here gives us one of the most accomplished, controversial, essential figures of the age of exploration. Christopher Columbus's 1492 voyage across the Atlantic is known to almost everyone in Europe and the Americas, yet few remember that he made three more voyages hoping to prove that he could reach China. Even more adventurous, ambiguous, and violent than the first, they left him broken in body and spirit. In Bergreen's vivid, richly detailed account, these later voyages reveal Columbus's uncanny sense of the sea as well as his mingled brilliance and delusion, and illustrate the rewards as well as the tragic costs—political, moral, and economic—of exploration.

"Laurence Bergreen's Columbus was brilliant, audacious, volatile, paranoid and ruthless. What emerges in this biography, a worthy addition to the literature on Columbus, is a surprising and revealing portrait of a man who might have been the title character in a Shakespearean tragedy."—NYTBR

 
 
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