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Columbus: The Four Voyages, 1492-1504

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From the author of the Magellan biography, Over the Edge of the World, a mesmerizing new account of the great explorer

Christopher Columbus's 1492 voyage across the Atlantic Ocean in search of a trading route to China, and his unexpected landfall in the Americas, is a watershed event in world history. Yet Columbus made three more voyages within the span of only a decade, each designed to demonstrate that he could sail to China within a matter of weeks and convert those he found ...

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Overview

From the author of the Magellan biography, Over the Edge of the World, a mesmerizing new account of the great explorer

Christopher Columbus's 1492 voyage across the Atlantic Ocean in search of a trading route to China, and his unexpected landfall in the Americas, is a watershed event in world history. Yet Columbus made three more voyages within the span of only a decade, each designed to demonstrate that he could sail to China within a matter of weeks and convert those he found there to Christianity. These later voyages were even more adventurous, violent, and ambiguous, but they revealed Columbus's uncanny sense of the sea, his mingled brilliance and delusion, and his superb navigational skills. In all these exploits he almost never lost a sailor. By their conclusion, however, Columbus was broken in body and spirit. If the first voyage illustrates the rewards of exploration, the latter voyages illustrate the tragic costs—political, moral, and economic.

In rich detail Laurence Bergreen re-creates each of these adventures as well as the historical background of Columbus's celebrated, controversial career. Written from the participants' vivid perspectives, this breathtakingly dramatic account will be embraced by readers of Bergreen's previous biographies of Marco Polo and Magellan and by fans of Nathaniel Philbrick, Simon Winchester, and Tony Horwitz.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times
"Laurence Bergreen's Columbus was brillliant, audacious, volatile, paranoid and ruthless. What emerges in this biography,  a worthy addition to  the literature on Columbus is a surprising and revealing portrait of a man who might have been the title charcater in a Shakespearan tradegy."
USA Today
"Laurence Bergreen's ambitious new biography, Columbus: The Four Voyages [is] a spellbinding epic that's simultaneiously a profoundly private portrait of the most complex, compelling, controversial creature ever to board a  boat. This scrupulously researched, unbiased account of four death-defying journeys to The New World reveals the Admiral's paradoxical personality."
Salon
"A compelling new book [that] details the explorer's trips to the New World, including three you haven't heard about."
Winnipeg Free Press
"Once you have read this superb acount of Columbus' four voyages, you will never be content with the cliche about the Italian-born explorer's sailing the ocean blue in 1492. Author of many prize-winning popular history books on topics as diverse as Marco Polo and Al Capone. Laurence Bergreen is a New York-based scholar whose portrayal of the life and times of Christopher Columbus is a tour de force."
The Washington Times
"Laurence Bergreen's new book, refreshingly, is fluid in style in its style and comprehensive in its research. Richly illustrated and enhanced with maps that are as legible as they are relevant. Columbus: The Four Voyages is complex in its themes, intriguing in its substance and sparkling with suprises."
Booklist
"In this scrupulously fair and often thrilling account of his four vorages to the "New World," Bergreen reveals Columbus as brilliant, brave, adventurous, and deeply flawed . . . A superb reexamination of the character and career of a still controversial historical agent."
USA Today

"Laurence Bergreen's ambitious new biography, Columbus: The Four Voyages [is] a spellbinding epic that's simultaneiously a profoundly private portrait of the most complex, compelling, controversial creature ever to board a  boat. This scrupulously researched, unbiased account of four death-defying journeys to The New World reveals the Admiral's paradoxical personality."

The New York Times

"Laurence Bergreen's Columbus was brillliant, audacious, volatile, paranoid and ruthless. What emerges in this biography,  a worthy addition to  the literature on Columbus is a surprising and revealing portrait of a man who might have been the title charcater in a Shakespearan tradegy."

Booklist

"In this scrupulously fair and often thrilling account of his four vorages to the "New World," Bergreen reveals Columbus as brilliant, brave, adventurous, and deeply flawed . . . A superb reexamination of the character and career of a still controversial historical agent."

Salon

"A compelling new book [that] details the explorer's trips to the New World, including three you haven't heard about."

The Washington Times

"Laurence Bergreen's new book, refreshingly, is fluid in style in its style and comprehensive in its research. Richly illustrated and enhanced with maps that are as legible as they are relevant. Columbus: The Four Voyages is complex in its themes, intriguing in its substance and sparkling with suprises."

Winnipeg Free Press

"Once you have read this superb acount of Columbus' four voyages, you will never be content with the cliche about the Italian-born explorer's sailing the ocean blue in 1492. Author of many prize-winning popular history books on topics as diverse as Marco Polo and Al Capone. Laurence Bergreen is a New York-based scholar whose portrayal of the life and times of Christopher Columbus is a tour de force."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143122104
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/25/2012
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 338,190
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Laurence Bergreen is the author of several award-winning biographies, including those of Louis Armstrong, Al Capone, Irving Berlin, and James Agee. He has written for many national publications including Esquire and Newsweek, taught at the New School for Social Research, and served as Assistant to the President of the Museum of Television and Radio in New York. Bergreen has also served as a nonfiction judge for the National Book Awards and as a judge for the PEN/Albrand Nonfiction Award. Bergreen lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Dramatis Personae xiii

List of Maps xv

Prologue: October 1492 1

Part 1 Discovery

1 Thirty-three Days 13

2 Son of Genoa 46

3 Shipwreck 76

4 "The People from the Sky" 95

Part 2 Conquest

5 River of Blood 119

6 Rebellion 160

7 Among the Taínos 188

Interlude

The Columbian Exchange 221

Part 3 Decadence

8 "A Great Roaring" 227

9 Roldán's Revolt 250

10 "Send Me Back in Chains" 274

Part 4 Recovery

11 El Alto Viaje 293

12 Castaways in Paradise 321

13 February 29, 1504 339

Epilogue: Columbus Day 365

Acknowledgments 369

Notes on Sources 373

Selected Bibliography 387

Index 399

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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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  • Posted October 19, 2011

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    Good Comprehensive Narrative of Columbus's Four Voyages

    Laurence Bergreen has made a habit of crafting historical narratives about some of history's greatest explorers. Bergreen went world-wide with an exploration of the great world navigator himself, Ferdinand Magellen in "Over the Edge of the World". Then he took readers East to follow Marco Polo on his travels in "Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu". And now Bergreen comes closer to home as he travels from Spain to the New World with Christopher Columbus in "Columbus: The Four Voyages".

    Moving from Marco Polo to Christopher Columbus is not such a long leap for Bergreen. Columbus carried a well-worn copy of Polo's "Travels" during all his journeys and used it as guidebook in his own search for a route west: from Europe to the Indies and to see the Great Khan in China, then known as Cathay. Marco Polo was a 15th Century Frommer, apparently. Unfortunately, what Columbus had no way of knowing was that "...two oceans and two centuries separated..." Columbus from his target, wrote Bergreen.

    Bergreen paints Columbus in a rainbow of personality traits. He was the brave, god-fearing (and preaching), navigational genius that traditional history remembers and teaches us as children. And at the same time he was confused, lost, indecisive and downright delusional. He single-handedly expanded an empire, while at the same time ignited a slave trade across both sides of the Atlantic.

    Bergreen wrote that Columbus "was more than a discoverer, he was an intensifier of both his voyages and his inner struggles. This penchant for self-dramatization is part of the reason Columbus's exploits are so memorable; he insisted on making them so."

    Columbus was a creation of the time period in which he lived. He saw the world and his explorations through his very medieval perspective. Columbus was referred to as a "priest of exploration". And there's no better example of the dichotomy of who Columbus was than to understand that, according to his son, he "was so pious that he could be mistaken for a man of the cloth. And a real rarity among sailors was his strict personal policy to never swear."

    "Somewhere at the confluence of Ptolemy's flawed cartography, the legends of antiquity, Marco Polo's account, and sailor anecdotes lay clues of a great prize waiting to be discovered." Columbus never truly gave up on his search for Marco Polo's Cathay and gold. He adjusted. He modified his trips, as circumstances forced. He kept hunting for gold, and when he couldn't find enough, he focused on colonization, expansion and conversion.

    In about 400 pages, Bergreen pulls together all four of Columbus' trip to the new world. He blends Columbus's story into the context of his time. And despite the fact that he died miserable, poor and a broken old man, Bergreen writes, "...he could not, nor could anyone else, have imagined...the long-term implications of this voyage. To him, it was the fulfillment of a divine prophecy. To his Sovereigns and through ministers, it was intended as a land grab and a way to plunder gold. Instead, it became, through forces Columbus inadvertently set in motion and only dimly understood, the most important voyage of its kind ever made."

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    This book goes far beyond what we're taught about Columbus: Simply, that he sailed "the ocean blue in 1492" and discovered the New World. Bergreen takes much from Columbus's writings & intelligently interprets them. I'll look for other books by this author.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2014

    Very good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2014

    No dip.

    This isnt going to be a picture book sweethear

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2014

    Read admiral of ocean seas

    They retraced first trip of course the norse got there first and then there were the group that crossed over from asia but columbus brougt over enough new diseases to destroy several nations already here he might have stayed at home or gone the other way like the others who got to ibdia and then japan

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