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Morrow, Oct 2003, 27.95, 458 pp.
ISBN: 0066211735

provides a deep look at Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan's sixteenth century quest that led to the first known navigation of the world. This journey is a pivotal point in how Europeans viewed the world as people realized that not only will one not fall off the globe, but that Europe is not the epicenter of the orb. Mr. Bergreen followed the ill-fated journey through what is now the Straits of Magellan at the tip of South America and uses satellite images to further enhance the trek. Of interest to historical buffs is the daily journal that encompasses known research from around the globe. This includes sailor Albo's log and the comments of scholar sailor Pigafetta. The author debunks several modern day myths such as Magellan's mission was not go around the world, but to find a water route to the Spice Islands; and that the voyage was not glorious but brutal and filled with tragedy and misfortunes including the Captain having died in the Philippines. Magellan never made it. The trek took three years with only one ship with eighteen survivors making it back to Spain.

This is a great account of one of the legendary journeys of history. Supplemented by maps, inserts, and first hand accounts, readers join on the harrowing trek that proved once and for all that the world is round. No one will feel over the edge with this great look at the “Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe” by Magellan and his crew.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner








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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   explorer Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   ancient times

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   explorer Ethnicity    -   White

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   10 () Ice Caps/Sea?    -   Yes Where?    -   Ocean Century:    -   distant past

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   thoughtful Pictures/Illustrations?    -   More than 15 in color How much dialogue in bio?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   76%-100% of book

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