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The Fourth Part of the World: An Astonishing Epic of Global Discovery, Imperial Ambition, and the Birth of America

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  • Posted February 22, 2010

    A wealth of research

    Mr. Lester can research. Mr. Lester can write. What he produced was an extremely interesting voyage of discovery into the evolution of medieval map making and the slow progress of human understanding about the planet. Along the way he discussed events that shaped our current situation. I found the first three-fourths of this book fascinating, the last quarter a little ponderous. Overall this work was well worth the effort to get through. The idea that one could live on this planet and have no understanding of what it consisted of, that you could have maps which paralleled human knowledge with enormous voids only characterized as terra incognita, was mind-boggling. Mr. Lester should be commended for a behemoth work, a terrific journey, and an education read.

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  • Posted July 7, 2010

    Toby Lester Expands Our American Identity

    Toby Lester has made a milestone contribution by explaining the Waldseemuller Globe Wall Map. It unfolds and connects the Greek roots and Renaissance rise of science to explain how humanity's understanding of its cosmos had reached the limits of knowledge. The challenge resulted in the first, modern projection of earth-from-space. Yes, the naming of America unlocks a new dimension of learning with the technology of the printing press. Lester's soft prose language tells a wonderful story to engage and explain this unkown root of how the birth of the word "America" in planetary science results from humanity's spirit of ingenuity. His work provides the bibliography for the hemisphere to embrace the America500 Birthday Extravganza 2007-12. Read this book! Share your passion. Celebrate America! Know Your Story! It starts with the question "Who Named America" to engage residents in the local conversation of history and open local windows to worldwide learning. Riccardo Gaudino, Historian - National Director Organizing Committee

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2010

    A good read for those who like exploration and maps

    Informative book about how European world view evolved to include the New World. Explains why Columbus died thinking he had reached the Indies, and not the new American continents between. The hardcover book is nice to hold, with quality type and paper.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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