Saturday, June 30, 2018

Review: "Columbus The Four Voyages Book" by Laurence Bergreen

If you are looking for a Columbus biography, I would suggest skipping this one. Don't misunderstand me, L. Bergreen (the author) is a good writer, and unlike some modern Columbus biographers, he actually used primary sources. The problem is that he mixed quotes from primary sources with innuendos. He portraited Columbus as a bold explorer, but also as a narcissistic person. In my opinion, Bergreen's innuendos against Columbus are condescending. His other book, "Over the Edge of the World," (about Magellan's circumnavigation of the globe in the sixteenth century) is a better book. Better because he gives more history and fewer opinions. If you want to read a Columbus biography, I would suggest reading the actual source: "The Life of the Admiral Christopher Columbus by his son Ferdinand" translated by B. Keen.


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