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Over the Edge of the World Paperback – 1 Mar 2004

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Product details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; New Ed edition (1 Mar. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007181426
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007181421
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 950,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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OVER THE EDGE OF THE WORLD is garnering fantastic pre-publication praise:

‘Journalist Bergreen… superbly recreates Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan's obsessive 16th-century quest, an ill-fated journey that altered Europe's perception of the planet… Illuminating the Age of Discovery, Bergreen writes this powerful tale of adventure with a strong presence and rich detail.’ PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

‘A vivid account of Magellan's star-crossed voyage around the world nearly five centuries ago….Very nicely written through and through, and a pleasure for students of world exploration.’ KIRKUS REVIEWS

‘A cracking good tale.’ LIBRARY JOURNAL

About the Author

Laurence Bergreen is the author of the highly acclaimed biographies Capone: The Man and his Era, As Thousands Cheer: The Life of Irving Berlin, James Agee: A Life and Louis Armstrong: An Extravagant Life. His most recent book is the story of NASA’s quest For Mars.


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This is possibly my second review of this book. I bought another copy ages ago but must have lent it to someone because it's gone missing. I re-bought it because I just have to own it, and re-read it because it is quite honestly one of the most fascinating books I have ever come across, and it fueled a deep craving for other books of its type. If you only ever read one non-fiction historical book, it has to be this one.
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Robert Caro's 4 volumes on LBJ are so fabulous that I can humbly say that I worship the ground he walks on. Laurence Bergreen's OVER THE EDGE OF THE WORLD is also in the fabulous category because what he writes about Magellan is simply stupefying, page after page of staggering personages and incidents. Bergreen's CAPONE is slightly less interesting because the man he writes about is less interesting, and, unlike Magellan and LBJ, contributed nothing to mankind other than death and misery. If I began this review by mentioning my God Caro, it's because Bergreen takes the same amount of care in his writing and in the facts he's painstakingly amassed. We know that Capone was a scumbag, and although Bergreen makes an attempt to round off the edges, Capone remains what he was, a worthless human being. More noteworthy is the second part of the book's title: CAPONE, THE MAN AND THE ERA. I'm not referring to the man, but THE ERA. The times in which a man lived are often more passionate than the man, which is true in this case. It's often been said of Bergreen, as of Caro, that when they write something, it's the definitive book on the subject. To this I would agree 100%. My own books can be found on Amazon, under Michael Hone.
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