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Even today's history allergic children remember that Columbus sailed the ocean blue in fourteen hundred ninety two, but few of us know much, if anything about his other three voyages. It is not that they were not eventful. As bestselling author Laurence Bergreen (Over the Edge of the World) demonstrates repeatedly in his riveting new narrative, all of the Genoan's New World explorations were abounding with adventures, controversies, and danger. Even on his last voyage, this sea-tested sailor was, in his own words, completely disarmed: "For nine days I was as one lost, without hope of life. Eyes had never seen the sea so angry, so high, so covered with foamed. The wind not only prevented our progress, but offered no opportunity to run behind any headland for shelter; hence we were forced to keep out in this bloody ocean, seething like a pot on a hot fire.... The men were so worn out that they longed for death to end their suffering." A natural for readers of Nathaniel Philbrick and Tony Horwitz.