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Columbus: The Four Voyages, 1492-1504

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Highly recommended despite the author's bias!

Another example of judging past historical figures based on the morality of the present. The author captured the excitement of planning and sailing and the new world discoveries. But the author executed judgment on Columbus's motives and decisions, judging him from th...
Another example of judging past historical figures based on the morality of the present. The author captured the excitement of planning and sailing and the new world discoveries. But the author executed judgment on Columbus's motives and decisions, judging him from the comforts of the twenty first living room. Columbus found natives who ate their fellow man...who cut off their genitals to fatten them up for eating..who impregnated women only to eat their offspring..where is the outrage from the history revisionists?

If you can get past the amateurish psychoanalysis this author so often attempts on Columbus..you will find in Columbus a man of great intelligence, a leader, an adventurer, and a human being, with all the sinful characteristics we all posssess. Columbus not only deserves the tribute one day a year we have here in the USA, but his full adventurous life, and his discoveries and accomplishments scream out to be taught to our youth.

After reading this book it is clear no modern human could hold a candle to what this man went through physically, mentally and spiritually during his 4 voyages. I have a brand new, deep, profound, respect for this man and all he accomplished. Columbus a sinner, yes, but aren't we all!

posted by GAN on October 22, 2011

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Biased but still good

The authors bias is anti-European, and neglects to point out human behavior is universal when he excuses the violence of the natives, it seems the author didnt think atroceties like slavery murder and rape they commited even to each other warrented a mention of how crue...
The authors bias is anti-European, and neglects to point out human behavior is universal when he excuses the violence of the natives, it seems the author didnt think atroceties like slavery murder and rape they commited even to each other warrented a mention of how cruel they also were at times.
I love to read history, but do prefer to read the facts and draw my own conclusions about good and bad, which is found in every human interaction since history has been recorded so we may as well admit it.Hence only the 3 stars. Its worth the read for the story and the biases are easy to pick out and leave behind.

posted by Anonymous on February 22, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2013

    Biased but still good

    The authors bias is anti-European, and neglects to point out human behavior is universal when he excuses the violence of the natives, it seems the author didnt think atroceties like slavery murder and rape they commited even to each other warrented a mention of how cruel they also were at times.
    I love to read history, but do prefer to read the facts and draw my own conclusions about good and bad, which is found in every human interaction since history has been recorded so we may as well admit it.Hence only the 3 stars. Its worth the read for the story and the biases are easy to pick out and leave behind.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2011

    No illustrations

    The e-book version had no illustrations, other than the maps, as shown in the printed version. There was a listing in the final pages of the e-book alluding that there were to be illustrations. Also the index did not have page numbers.
    Overall, I found the book enjoyable to read. The book was very infromative in the life of Columbus and his voyages to Columbo.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2011

    Super informative!

    It was slow in spots but was a great source of information about a subjct I knew little about. Certainly different from stories I heard as a child. you certainly have to admire the courage and fortitude of of the early explorers, to bad they never learned the difference between exploring and exploitation!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2015

    Very informative

    This book uncorks the truth about the myth of Columbus, not the by wrote propaganda most of us were taught in school. This work starts slowly and builds momentum. From today's perspective the explorer comes across as somehat base and evil and greedy. However, taken from the mindset of the 15th century, we see a brave, and confused, explorer who loses himself in greed and conquest. This book will open one's eyes to the true nature of the so-called discovery of the New World. I never believed Columbus to be an admirable person and this book brings shame on everyone involved, from the crown, the church, to merchants and the explorers too. A valuable read on many levels. The writing is concise, factual and informative.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted February 10, 2012

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