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1421 : The Year China Discovered America - Gavin Menzies

1421

The Year China Discovered America

Paperback Published: 1st June 2008
ISBN: 9780061564895
Number Of Pages: 650

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On March 8, 1421, the largest fleet the world had ever seen set sail from China to "proceed all the way to the ends of the earth to collect tribute from the barbarians beyond the seas." When the fleet returned home in October 1423, the emperor had fallen, leaving China in political and economic chaos. The great ships were left to rot at their moorings and the records of their journeys were destroyed. Lost in the long, self-imposed isolation that followed was the knowledge that Chinese ships had reached America seventy years before Columbus and had circumnavigated the globe a century before Magellan. And they colonized America before the Europeans, transplanting the principal economic crops that have since fed and clothed the world.

"No matter what you think of Menzies's theories, his enthusiasm is infectious."--Christian Science Monitor "Captivating . . . a historical detective story . . . that adds to our knowledge of the world, past and present."--Daily News "Menzies' enthusiasm is infectious and his energy boundless. He has raised important questions and marshaled some fascinating information."--Toronto Globe and Mail " is likely to be the most fascinating read of 2003."--UPI "[Menzies] makes history sound like pure fun...a seductive read."--New York Times Magazine "What you've done, brilliantly, is to raise many questions that people are debating."--Diane Rehm, The Diane Rehm Show Menzies enthusiasm is infectious and his energy boundless. He has raised important questions and marshaled some fascinating information. --Toronto Globe and Mail" Captivating . . . a historical detective story . . . that adds to our knowledge of the world, past and present. --Daily News" is likely to be the most fascinating read of 2003. --UPI" No matter what you think of Menzies s theories, his enthusiasm is infectious. --Christian Science Monitor" What you ve done, brilliantly, is to raise many questions that people are debating. --Diane Rehm, The Diane Rehm Show" [Menzies] makes history sound like pure fun...a seductive read. --New York Times Magazine" -Menzies' enthusiasm is infectious and his energy boundless. He has raised important questions and marshaled some fascinating information.---Toronto Globe and Mail -Captivating . . . a historical detective story . . . that adds to our knowledge of the world, past and present.---Daily News - is likely to be the most fascinating read of 2003.---UPI -No matter what you think of Menzies's theories, his enthusiasm is infectious.---Christian Science Monitor -What you've done, brilliantly, is to raise many questions that people are debating.---Diane Rehm, The Diane Rehm Show -[Menzies] makes history sound like pure fun...a seductive read.---New York Times Magazine

ISBN: 9780061564895
ISBN-10: 0061564893
Series: P.S.
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 650
Published: 1st June 2008
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.85