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Amerigo: The Man Who Gave His Name to America
Amerigo: The Man Who Gave His Name to America
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Author: Fernández-Armesto, Felipe

Brand: Random House Trade Paperbacks

Color: Multicolor

Edition: Reprint

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Number Of Pages: 272

Release Date: 12-08-2008

Details: Product Description In Amerigo, the award-winning scholar Felipe Fernández-Armesto answers the question “What’s in a name?” by delivering a rousing flesh-and-blood narrative of the life and times of Amerigo Vespucci. Here we meet Amerigo as he really was: a rogue and raconteur who counted Christopher Columbus among his friends and rivals; an amateur sorcerer who attained fame and honor through a series of disastrous failures and equally grand self-reinventions. Filled with well-informed insights and amazing anecdotes, this magisterial and compulsively readable account sweeps readers from Medicean Florence to the Sevillian court of Ferdinand and Isabella, then across the Atlantic of Columbus to the brave New World where fortune favored the bold. Amerigo Vespucci emerges from these pages as an irresistible avatar for the age of exploration–and as a man of genuine achievement as a voyager and chronicler of discovery. And now, in Amerigo, this mercurial and elusive figure finally has a biography to do full justice to both the man and his remarkable era. Praise for Amerigo: “Wonderfully idiosyncratic and intelligent.” – The New York Times Book Review “Fascinating . . . [Fernández-Armesto’s] lively style is effective in evoking the flashy and violent world of Renaissance Europe.” – The Washington Post Book World “An outstanding historian . . . [Fernández-Armesto] introduces Amerigo Vespucci as an amazing Renaissance character independent of his name’s fame–and does Fernández-Armesto ever deliver.” – Booklist (starred review) “Dazzling . . . an elegant tale of Vespucci’s ability to transform himself from a merchant into an explorer and conqueror of new worlds.” – Publishers Weekly (starred review) NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST Review "An imaginative, intelligent and sprightly volume that, in the space of some two hundred pages, races through the history of the Western hemisphere-from prehistoric times to the present." -The Washington Post Book World "This wonderfully sharp and provocative book should become essential reading for anybody interested in the history of America." -The Times Literary Supplement (London)" " "Fernandez-Armesto can personalize broad historical trends without sinking into triviality. . . . History written at its best." -Booklist "An imaginative, intelligent and sprightly volume that, in the space of some two hundred pages, races through the history of the Western hemisphere-from prehistoric times to the present." -The Washington Post Book World "This wonderfully sharp and provocative book should become essential reading for anybody interested in the history of America." -The Times Literary Supplement (London)" "Fernandez-Armesto can personalize broad historical trends without sinking into triviality. . . . History written at its best." -Booklist From the Back Cover From food to the spread of political ideas, the landmass from northern Canada to the southern tip of Argentina is complexly bound together, yet these connections are generally ignored. In this groundbreaking and vividly rendered work, leading historian Felipe Fernandez-Armesto tells, for the first time, the story of our hemisphere as a whole, showing why it is impossible to understand North, Central, and South America in isolation, and looking instead to the intricate and common forces that continue to shape the region. With his trademark erudition, imagination, and thematic breadth, Fernandez-Armesto ranges over commerce, religion, agriculture, the environment, the slave trade, culture, and politics. He takes us from man's arrival in North America to the Colonial and Independence periods, to the "American Century" and beyond. For most of human history, the south dominated the north: as Fernandez-Armesto argues in his provocative conclusion, it might well again. A panoramic yet richly textured story that embodies fresh ways of looking at cross-cultural exchange, conflict, and interaction, The Ameri

EAN: 9780812972986

Languages: English

Binding: Paperback

Item Condition: UsedLikeNew