The subtitle describes the book: ""A Detailed and Exact Account of the Discovery of America with the Many Difficulties, Dangers, and Triumphant Return."" The subtitle has a subtitle: Based on the History Written by Ferdinand Columbus, Son of Christopher Columbus, Admiral of the Ocean Sea, Who, As a Boy of Thirteen, Sailed with His Father on the Fourth Voyage and Heard the Story of the First. This also includes the letter of Columbus to Luis Santangel reporting his discovery. There is a glossary of special words for this carefully edited account by the younger Columbus, who wrote with admirable brevity and respect for truth. (He didn't like other contemporary reports and casts dignified aspersions on them and their authors.) Editors Meredith and Smith have presented source material for younger readers before--see their The Coming of the Pilgrims and Riding with Coronado. They do this very well and, compared to the numberless juvenile biographies of Columbus, this straight-from-the-survivor's-mouth record reads with ease and was written with style.