Columbus: The Four Voyages, 1492-1504 - Laurence Bergreen

Christopher Columbus was avid to find gold, make Christian converts, and secure a name for himself. In other words, he was a man of his times, competing with other European adventurers for royal patronage, in return for which he promised lucrative trade routes and empire. In recounting the story of the Admiral’s “deeds and deceptions,” the historian and Marco Polo biographer Laurence Bergreen shows that the greatest of the latter Columbus perpetrated was the self-deception that kept him certain he was about to find China, though he was in the Caribbean; he died trying. Columbus: The Four Voyages (Viking, $35) uses historical documents, including Columbus’s letters and journals, for detailed recreations of the mariner’s multiple expeditions to the New World. Starting with a cultural and social portrait of fifteenth-century Genoa, Portugal, and Spain, Bergreen follows his subject back and forth across the Atlantic as he christened islands, faced storms, mutiny, friendly and hostile encounters with “Indians,” and knitted together two worlds previously separate and distinct.

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ISBN: 9780143122104
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Published: Penguin Books - September 25th, 2012

1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created - Charles C. Mann

From Charles C. Mann, the author of 1491, the best-selling study of the pre-Colombian Americas, comes this fascinating account of the ongoing biological cataclysm known as the Colombian Exchange. Most histories look either only at the “Big Picture” or get bogged down in the details. 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created (Knopf, $30.50), does both, and in the best possible way.  Here are the stories of the grand sweep of History, from the Slave Trade to the Potato Famine, but also of the personal struggles of the individuals caught up in the flow, people who had agency, but not always understanding of the forces, large and small, that influenced their lives. 

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ISBN: 9780307265722
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Published: Knopf - August 9th, 2011

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ISBN: 9780307278241
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Published: Vintage - July 24th, 2012

A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos - Dava Sobel

It’s fitting that in her history of the cosmic re-centering from the Ptolemaic to the Copernican system, Longitude author Dava Sobel pauses in the middle of the story for a two-act play. Literally dramatizing the events surrounding the suppression and the publication, nearly 30 years after it was written, of Copernicus’s On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres, A More Perfect Heaven (Walker, $25) uses the traditional tools of history and science as well as the imagination. Sobel, in both her scholarly exposition and her illuminating drama, brings to life Copernicus, the orphaned son of a copper merchant who was raised by his cleric uncle and pressured to enter the church himself, and the much younger, far-sighted mathematics professor, Rheticus, who persuaded the aged Copernicus to publish his scientific work. Also a vivid presence is 16th-century Europe, where ideas, especially new ones, were dangerous things.

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ISBN: 9780802778949
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Published: Walker & Company - October 16th, 2012