Books by Felipe Fernández-Armesto

Felipe Fernández-Armesto, a world-renowned scholar and author, has taught at Oxford University and the University of London, and is now professor of history at Tufts University. He and his family live in Boston.

OUR AMERICA by Felipe Fernández-Armesto
Released: Jan. 20, 2014

"The correctives are useful and necessary, and it is easy to imagine that this book will become required reading in ethnic-studies courses—and, with luck, in American history survey courses as well."
A welcome corrective to Anglocentric versions of American history, which continue to dominate the textbook market—thanks, at least in some measure, to diversity-doubting Texas. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 14, 2007

"More likely to make readers petition for a continental name change than sing Vespucci's praises."
Far from being the innovative navigational genius of legend, Vespucci emerges here as salesman extraordinaire. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 13, 2006

"For anyone who dreams of adventure in far places: Despite the author's resistance to hero-worship and romanticism, this is a colorful compendium of history's risk-takers, with a welcome emphasis on non-European and non-English-speaking pathfinders."
A sober look at the great—and not so great—explorers of history. Read full book review >
HUMANKIND by Felipe Fernández-Armesto
Released: July 1, 2004

"Good food for thought for ethicists and ethologists alike."
Humankind is in danger of doing itself in—not with weapons of mass destruction, but with shifting conceptual categories. Read full book review >
Released: May 13, 2003

"Sometimes speculative but always solid: a provocative essay that points toward dozens of topics for future dissertations. Budding historians, get cracking."
An ambitious but necessarily thin essay that "attempts to cover the entire hemisphere." Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2001

"All in all, a pleasure for foodies, and a satisfying read for students of world history as well."
Historian Fernández-Armesto sinks his teeth into the role of food in human history. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Fern†ndez-Armesto's profound analysis of a crisis that pervades both the academy and the larger world points a way beyond the timid equivocations of our time."
From Fern†ndez-Armesto (Modern History/Oxford Univ.; Reformations, 1997, etc.), a thoughtful and incisive meditation on the historical development of the concept of truth, and on its uncertain future. Read full book review >
Released: April 4, 1997

"As anarchic and disorganized as Christianity itself, this book might be useful as a source of anecdotes for sermons or lectures. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A Catholic and a Protestant ransack the last 500 years in a search for some unifying characteristics of modern Christianity. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Nonetheless, a scholarly, entertaining, and astonishing look at the enormous distance humankind has traveled in a historical instant. (400 b&w photos and illustrations, not seen) (Book-of-the- Month Club alternate selection/History Book Club main selection)"
An erudite and breathtaking, if sometimes vexing, review of how our waning millennium might seem from the perspective of ``some galactic museum of the future.'' An American or European reader of the 1990s will be forgiven for thinking of this millennium as one of Western preeminence. Read full book review >
COLUMBUS by Felipe Fernández-Armesto
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Lots of trees, no forest."
Tart, well-researched, critical biography by Fernandez-Armesto (The Spanish Armada, 1988, etc.). Read full book review >