Ferdinand Magellan's daring circumnavigation of the globe in the sixteenth century was a three-year odyssey filled with sex, violence, and amazing adventure. Now in Over the Edge of the World, prize-winning biographer and journalist Laurence Bergreen entwines a variety of candid, firsthand accounts, bringing to life this groundbreaking and majestic tale of discovery that changed both the way explorers would henceforth navigate the oceans and history itself....Continua
This was one of those books that I couldn't get enough of, the kind that makes me love reading about history.....Man, when I think of not only the multitude of different people and ways of life and environments on this globe in the present day, and then add a whole extra dimension by expanding that backward through all points in time, I am in awe.
Think of the incredible stories and history, and then think of all the incredible stories which must never have been told, especially during the 10 000s of thousands of years of human prehistory - tales of tribes and clans battling for territory and also tales of individual friends and lovers and adventures.
OK everything I said isn't really a review of this book. Read it, it's a great history novel. I love the style where it is essentially chronological, and focuses on a main character and story, but with lots of interesting detours to look at other characters and other subjects that are related to the main topic. These divergences are great, and how I love to learn in life as well. I'm really starting to see that I can't get enough of writers who do history in this style, and I wonder how to search out more of this "kind" of history writing....Continua