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1421 - The Year China Discovered the World Book Review Summary

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Gavin Menzies explores the history of China and the ambitious voyages of discovery lead by Jeng He. The book focuses on the proposition of a new theory suggesting that Chinese mercenaries were able to travel as far as the Americas in the 1400s, thus discovering America before Columbus.
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Kind Of History

Time of history:    -   1000-1600 AD History of a people?    -   Yes Nationality?    -   Chinese History of a journey/colonization?    -   Yes Kind of journey?    -   boat travel

Subjects of this Historical Account

Ethnicity (if plays a major part)    -   Asiatic Is the portrayal sympathetic?    -   Sympathetic

Setting

Asia/Pacific    -   Yes The Americas (not US):    -   Yes If applicable, liberal/conservative?    -   Historian is very liberal

Writing Style

How much gore?    -   1 () How fast-paced is the book?    -   4 () Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Book makes you feel...    -   challenged How much focus on stories of individuals?    -   Focuses mostly on the people/nation level How much romance?    -   1 () Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references Is this a kid's book?    -   Ages 16-Adult Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A significant amount Maps necessary?    -   Necessary maps provided Length of book    -   450 pages+ How much emphasis on small details?    -   7 ()

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