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A Singular Captain Paperback – August 28, 2013
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Review by: Malcolm Torres on Oct. 09, 2016 :
An amazing and quite comprehensive sea story. I have been dipping into this tome on my iPad since I first downloaded it a couple years ago. It's very impressive that the author did all this work to research and write this book. The accounting of Magellan's expedition is meticulous and engaging. It always amazes me the grip that royalty and the church had on society through dogma and ruthless power. Equally amazing is what a huge impact nautical explorations had on shifting that power to businessmen and scientists (of which sailors have been both for centuries).
This is a great read of Magellan's voyage as seen through the eyes of Pigafetta, his personal assistant. Too often men like Magellan who have made a profound impact on the history and discovery of the world are denigrated by revisionist historians who dwell on their mistakes and weaknesses. But when the world was a mystery it took rare exceptional personalities to lead others into the unknown. Magellan and Columbus had faultsbut they had a singular unwavering purpose and never faltered in accomplishing it. This account of Magellan's voyage doesn't judge him by our modern cultural standards but places him in the proper context of the 16th century. well done Mr. Regan.
Review by:Boris Seaweed on July 09 2016:
This historical novel is a literature monument toFerdinand Magellan and the men of his expedition who first circumnavigated theEarth about 500 years ago and proved in reality that our planet is a globe. Itis also a tribute to 'supernumerary' Antonio Pigafetta on whose diary the bookis based and who in fact was a secretary and scientist of the expedition. Theauthor has done a great job studying, interpreting and giving vitality toPigafetta's records, penetrating into the nuances of the political situation at that time and allottingpsychological features to the people closely associated with the preparationand conduct of the expedition, as well as those, whom they met along the way ortried to destroy it. The fact that the author, professional sailorhimself, has repeated the route of theexpedition makes this book unique.
Review by: Missttyy on Oct. 19, 2016 :
This is epic in scale . . . truly monumental init's proportions. I was wondering about the amount of research the author must have done to have written this. It is truly a labor of love because it tells with excruciating details the voyage of Magellan. I dipped in and out of it during several plane trips, reading long stretches. I truly felt like I was there with the crew in so many scenes. A major accomplishment but it could have been edited a bit.
About the Author
John Regan was so fascinated by the voyage of Ferdinand Magellan that he followed him around the world in his yacht nearly 500 years later. He visited every place of importance in Magellan's life and brings to the story not only a deep interest in the history but also his nautical background as a master mariner. The story of the first circumnavigation of the world and the politics of the 16th century has a strong resonance five centuries later.