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Admiral of the Ocean Sea: A Life of Christopher Columbus

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Admiral of the Ocean Sea is Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison's classic biography of the greatest sailor of them all, Christopher Columbus. It is written with the insight, energy, and authority that only someone who had himself sailed in Columbus's path to the New World could muster. Morison undertook this expedition in a 147-foot schooner and a 47-foot ketch, the dimensions of these craft roughly matching those of Columbus's Santa Maria and Nina. The result is this vivid and definitive biography, fully illustrated ...
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Overview

Admiral of the Ocean Sea is Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison's classic biography of the greatest sailor of them all, Christopher Columbus. It is written with the insight, energy, and authority that only someone who had himself sailed in Columbus's path to the New World could muster. Morison undertook this expedition in a 147-foot schooner and a 47-foot ketch, the dimensions of these craft roughly matching those of Columbus's Santa Maria and Nina. The result is this vivid and definitive biography, fully illustrated with charts and maps detailing the voyages that, for better or worse, changed the world.

On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's discovery of America, a handsome new paperback edition of Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison's classic Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of the greatest sailor of them all. "A splendid achievement."--The New York Times. 50 drawings, maps and charts; 4 fold-outs.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455155194
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/20/2012
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Pages: 2

Meet the Author

SAMUEL ELIOT MORISON, Rear Admiral, United States Naval Reserve (1887–1976), was an American historian noted for his works of history, especially maritime history, that were both authoritative and highly readable. At various times he held teaching positions at Berkeley, Oxford, and Harvard. A sailor as well as a scholar, he garnered numerous literary prizes, military honors, and national awards from both foreign countries and United States, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His Admiral of the Ocean Sea won the 1943 Pulitzer Prize for biography.

Frederick Davidson (1932–2005) was born in London and trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He performed in BBC radio plays before coming to America in 1976. The narrator of more than eight hundred audiobooks, he garnered numerous Earphones Awards and a Grammy nomination for his readings. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine in 1997.

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Table of Contents

Spanish Coins of Columbian Era xiv
Preface xv
The First Forty Years
I Prologue 3
II Genoa 7
III Cheerfully at Sea 18
IV Lusitania 27
V The Man Columbus 43
VI The Enterprise of the Indies 54
VII In Castile 79
VIII The Queen Consents 96
IX Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria 109
X Officers and Men 135
The First Voyage to America
XI Bound Away 153
XII A Day at Sea 167
XIII How Columbus Navigated 183
XIV Atlantic Crossing 197
XV Adelante! Adelante! 211
XVI Landfall 222
XVII The Quest for Japan 237
XVIII Pursuit of the Grand Khan 254
XIX Oriente 267
XX La Isla Espanola 280
XXI La Navidad 297
XXII Homeward Passage 314
XXIII Azorean Agony 324
XXIV In Portuguese Power 336
XXV Home Is the Sailor 350
XXVI Diplomatic Interlude 360
XXVII Spreading the News 375
The Second Voyage To America
XXVIII The Grand Fleet 389
XXIX Many Marys 400
XXX Saints and Virgins 412
XXXI Cibao 430
XXXII Cuba and Jamaica 445
XXXIII The Queen's Garden 454
XXXIV Back to Isabela 469
XXXV Hell in Hispaniola 481
XXXVI Crowded Crossing 496
The Third Voyage to America
XXXVII Preparations 505
XXXVIII Trinidad 515
XXXIX Paria 532
XL Terrestrial Paradise 549
XLI Terrestrial Inferno 562
The Fourth Voyage To America
XLII Last Chance 575
XLIII Hurricane 584
XLIV Search for a Strait 594
XLV Veragua 609
XLVI Belen 622
XLVII At Sea in a Sieve 633
XLVIII Marooned 640
XLIX Rescue and End 656
Index 673
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  • Posted July 25, 2009

    Good Read

    I found this book extremely insightful. It was written in a flowing narrative, unlike some biographies, but still provided a complete synopsis of the life of Columbus. Morison is a bit biased when it comes to controversial issues regarding unanswered questions, but that is to be expected from someone writing a biography on a personal icon. I will say in his defense that when these biases do appear, he is sure to let the reader know, and even provides opposing views as to let the reader decide for himself/herself.
    All in all, a good read, and worth your while if you're interested in early American explorers!

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