Over the Edge of the World : Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe (P.S.)
Over the Edge of the World Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe - P.S. Author:Laurence Bergreen 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 groundbrea... more »king and majestic tale of discovery that changed both the way explorers would henceforth navigate the oceans and history itself.« less
Magellan's circumnavigation is a fascinating story, and that is the main thing that saves Bergreen's book. The characters, their travels, and their times are so interesting and unusual that Bergreen has little to do. I am glad that I read this book, and it is one of the better ones on the subject, but Bergreen is in no way up to par with authors like Nathaniel Philbrick for maritime history.