The riveting story of Ferdinand Magellan’s historic 60,000-mile ocean voyage—now updated with a new introduction commemorating the 500th anniversary of his journey.
“Prodigious research, sure-footed prose and vivid descriptions make for a thoroughly satisfying account... it is all here in the wondrous detail, a first-rate historical page turner.”— New York Times Book Review
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.
Now updated to include a new introduction commemorating the 500th anniversary of Magellan’s voyage.
"A marvelous piece of scholarship"
Book 1: In search of empire -- The quest -- The man without a country -- Neverlands -- "The church of the lawless" -- Book 2: The edge of the world -- The crucible of leadership -- Castaways -- Dragon's tail -- A race against death -- A vanished empire -- The final battle -- Book 3: Back from the dead -- Ship of mutineers -- Survivors -- Et in arcadia ego -- Ghost ship -- After Magellan.