FIRST AROUND THE WORLD by George Sanderlin


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Magellan's place among the great explorers is no secret to any student in this age group. If the initial indifference induced by overfamiliarity toward a man whose exploits are described in a variety of ways at every grade level can be overcome, this book is full of good things. For one thing, Magellan did not operate in a vacuum and here is a cast of the characters who affected his career. Following these thumbnail biographics is a timetable of the events in his life and career. A long introduction tells his story, but fills it in with the details of petty intrigue, politicking for court-controlled finance and personality conflicts with crew and Spanish bureaucracy. The rest of the book is given over to the documents issued, the journal accounts, made by near-contemporaries, on the sport observers and log books. These are carefully introduced by the author/editor, whose interpretations never force insight. If advanced student are to become at ease with the original materials that are the tools of scholarship, this is the sort of book that they, as future scholars, should be able to cut their teeth on.

Pub Date: Oct. 7th, 1964
Publisher: Harper & Row