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Well written and detailed story of one of the great adventures of all time.
In a stroke of good fortune, one of the men who survived the entire journey was Antonio Pigafetta, whom Ferdinand Magellan had assigned to chronicle the voyage.
I feel like there is enough to work with here that one of the most epic stories of all time could have been told.
Excellent and approachable history of this remarkable time. Author delves into the larger issues of power - both in Europe and Southeast Asia, but the details of individuals,... Read morePublished 2 days ago by John Sunnygard
I'm not done reading it yet, but if you are fascinated by 16th century discoverers, you will enjoy this book tremendously.Published 2 days ago by D. Abrahamson
Well-written account of the hardships and heroics of sailing in the Age of Discovery. Navigating, blind, through the Strait of Magellan is hailed as the single greatest maritime... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Flatlander11
Magellan wanted to know what was on the other side of the known world. Would the Spice Islands be there?Published 12 days ago by Melvin L. Scott
For readers who love history and adventure, this is a great book. The author did an excellent job of seamlessly combining history, politics and religion to give readers an accurate... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Bridget B.
This is first-rate history written with pace and style. Magellan's achievement is well known to most, but the story really isn't so well known. Here is excellent illumination.Published 17 days ago by Lester
Here, for anyone who would like to know of it, is the story of the first trip around the world. It was not the happy, 80-day adventure of Phileas Fogg. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Solipso
The book contains lots of historical details both of the voyage itself and of the participants. It also discusses the importance of the voyage. An exciting readPublished 1 month ago by Kaaran Thomas
This was one of the most riveting adventure stories I have ever read. I always wondered why Columbus got such good press while Magellan received so little. Read morePublished 1 month ago by MICHAEL DIXON