Nel 1519, l'esploratore Ferdinando Magellano si imbarca dalla Spagna accompagnato da cinque navi e da più di duecento uomini alla volta delle Isole delle Spezie, in cerca di una più rapida via d'accesso a quelle terre ricche di tesori che valevano più dell'oro. Per arrivarci compirà un lunghissimo viaggio tra gli oceani, e realizzerà un'impresa che rivoluzionerà la concezione geografica del mondo conosciuto: circumnavigare la terra per la prima volta nella Storia. Laurence Bergreen, offre al lettore il racconto di un'epopea rivoluzionaria e maestosa che ha cambiato la storia del mondo e il modo in cui gli esploratori avrebbero navigato sugli oceani da quel momento in poi. Una spettacolare odissea durata tre anni, in cui passione, avventura e dramma si intrecciano, dando luogo a un resoconto appassionante sul senso dell'esplorazione e della scoperta.
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When you're old like me, you hear stories about these explorers (if ya know what I mean... wink wink ), but usually it's a truncated version handed down to you from a school teacher back in the 1970s, who wasn't much more well-versed in the subject than yourself... "In 1521, Mr. Magellan was the first Leggi tutto
It was a dream as old as the imagination: a voyage to the ends of the earth. I could hardly believe this is a non-fiction book. The way Lawrence Bergreen tells it, it rivals the greatest epics of literature, with Magellan a mythical figure to rival Jason or Ulysses. Every word of the book is suppor
This is a must read book for all Filipinos. In elementary school, we are taught to memorize some facts about Ferdinand Magellan and I can still recall having to memorize the date when Magellan landed in Limasawa (Samar) and the 5 ships that were part of his expedition: Trinidad, Victoria, San Antoni Leggi tutto
Captivating and educational. A surprisingly fun read.
Are schoolkids taught about Ferdinand Magellan anymore? The reason I ask is because I do remember reading in a textbook about Magellan's around-the-world trip and how he had been the first person (at least documented) to do so. That led me, all these years later, to deciding to read this book and le Leggi tutto
3.5 stars. This book is well researched and makes for relatively interesting reading. But I think it suffers from a misleading subtitle. I mean, there's nothing PARTICULARLY terrifying about the circumnavigation, other than the fact that no one knew where they were going. And, like, the fact that a
A great adventure by the daring men who first circumnavigated the globe. Interesting lessons that some parties ought to have paid attention to. For example, torture was commonly used for discipline on board ships in the early 16th century--one of the techniques used was adopted from the Spanish Inqu Leggi tutto
I have sometimes idly wondered what it must have been like to have been with Columbus, Magellan, Cook, and others when they first encountered new lands, and when societies with no previous knowledge of each other met for the first time. This book provides some wonderful descriptions of how Magellan’ Leggi tutto
This is the third Bergreen book I've read. While all are good and recommended, neither this book on Magellan nor his recent book Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu meet the very high standards of his earlier Louis Armstrong: An Extravagant Life . The lay out of chapters, divided every page or so, make Leggi tutto
When I was about eight I became obsessed with Magellan. I have no idea why as I was an uncurious kid other than my interest in WWII (all the Dads in town were vets including mine) and late-model cars, of which I had an idiot savant's ability to identify by the smallest detail (my sisters would actua Leggi tutto
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