Hardcover: William Morrow, 2003
Paperback: Perennial/HarperCollins, 2004
China: Grand China Publishing House
England: HarperCollins UK
Finland: John Nurminen Säätiö
Holland: De Bezige Bij
Hungary: General Press
Italy: Garzanti Libri
New York Times Book Review:
Prodigious research, sure-footed prose and vivid depictions make for a thoroughly satisfying account of the age in which Iberian seafarers groped their way around the world. Binding it all together is the psychology of Magellan’s flawed leadership, the source of a sample link constant tension in his fleet. Driven by a fanatical dream to find the Spice Islands, Magellan was a frustrated Portuguese nobleman sailing for the king of Spain and a complicated man with absolute power of life and death over his crew.
… superbly recreates Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan’s obsessive 16th-century quest… Illuminating the Age of Discovery, Bergreen writes this powerful tale of adventure with a strong presence and rich detail.
Biographer Bergreen (Louis Armstrong, Irving Berlin) sails where Magellan sailed and recaptures his life. A revisionist view—and also a cracking good tale.
Awards and Accolades:
- Medalla de Honor, Asociación de Alcades de V Centenario (Spain), 2010
- Amazon.com Bestseller
- Barnes & Noble Bestseller
- BookSense 76 Recommendation November-December 2003
- New York Times “ Notable Book”, 2004
- Nominated for an “Audie” award for best nonfiction book recording (BBC), 2005
- CNN Top 10 Adventure Reads, 2010
- Delancey Place’s Top 12 Books of the Decade, 2015
- Optioned as a feature film by Jason Koornick Productions
- Dramatic rights optioned by LD Entertainment