The "outstanding" biography of the Italian navigator and explorer from the bestselling author of The Great Siege ( The New York Times ) . Christopher Columbus, credited with discovering America in 1492, was a great explorer who forever changed the world--but his iconic image obscures a far more complex and fascinating life story. Born Cristoforo Colombo, the son of a weaver from Genoa, he renounced his father's trade early in life and took to sailing. Though he began in the Mediterranean, Columbus soon found employment sailing the Atlantic Ocean, where he experienced shipwreck, inclement weather, and perhaps the Norse legends of uncharted lands to the west. With the help of Florentine astronomer Paolo Toscanelli, who in turn based his theories on the works of Marco Polo, Columbus devised a plan to find a western passage to the Indies. Though he achieved something far greater--the discovery of a hemisphere previously unknown to Europeans--Columbus insisted to the end of his days that he had succeeded. In this engrossing and deeply researched biography, historian Ernle Bradford portrays Columbus's stubbornness and greed, as well as his genius, bravery, and masterly navigation skills.
More Copies In Prospector
Loading Prospector Copies...
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
|Grouped Work ID||4c36e09a-ee69-87de-faec-cdb5a5157775|
|author||bradford ernle dusgate selby|
|author||Bradford, Ernle Dusgate Selby.|
|author_display||Bradford, Ernle Dusgate Selby|
|display_description||Long before he made his fateful crossing of the Atlantic, Christopher Columbus learned his seamanship as a young man in the Mediterranean and then in the service of the King of Portugal. But soon his eyes turned to the ocean and what lay beyond. Opposition to his idea of finding the East by sailing west was based on differing ideas of the size and shape of the world. To the end of his days, Columbus insisted that where his ship came aground was in the Indies, even when it became clear to his contemporaries that they were in fact in an area of the world previously unknown to Europeans. Bradford portrays Columbus's genius, stubbornness, greed, and stupidity, mixed with bravery and masterly navigation skills. A great book gives us a true and balanced portrait of a great explorer who forever changed the world.|
|isbn||149761712, 9780670221561, 9781497617124|
|item_details||hoopla:MWT11559889||Online Hoopla Collection|Online Hoopla|eBook|eBook|1|false|true|Hoopla||https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11559889||Available Online||||, ils:.b1019518x|.i2494371x|Summit-Silver Biography|B COL|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||susb|||
|owning_library_summit||Summit County Library|
|record_details||hoopla:MWT11559889|eBook|eBook||English|Open Road Media ,|2014.|1 online resource, ils:.b1019518x|Book|Books||English|Viking Press,||288 pages : illustrations (part color) ; 26 cm.|
|scoping_details_summit||ils:.b1019518x|.i2494371x|On Shelf|On Shelf|false|true|true|false|false|true|110,108,109,106||||
|subject_facet||Columbus, Christopher, Electronic books, Explorers -- Spain -- Biography|
|title_full||Christopher Columbus / Ernle Bradford, Christopher Columbus [electronic resource] / Ernle Bradford|
|topic_facet||Columbus, Christopher, Electronic books, Explorers|