Admiral of the ocean sea, a life of Christopher Columbus,

by Samuel Eliot Morison, 1887-1976



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E111 .M86


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Telling the story of the greatest sailor of them all, "Admiral of the Ocean Sea" is a vivid and definitive biography of Columbus that details all of his voyages that, for better or worse, changed the world. 50 drawings, maps & charts; 4 fold-outs.

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LibraryThing member Stbalbach
"Admiral of the Ocean Sea", Samuel Morison's 1942 Pulitzer Prize winning biography of Christopher Columbus, is still considered by many to be the best biography of Columbus.

Morison spent 2 years on a sailboat re-tracing Columbus' voyages bringing a first hand immediacy and perspective that gives it
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unusual authority on all technical aspects of sailing and navigation. In addition Morison was a Harvard history professor whose research of the written record is impeccable. Even before Columbus died in the early 16th century, there have been countless controversies and debates about many aspects of his life and voyages. Into this maelstrom of legend, myth and folklore - like the discover he writes about - Morison brings order, calm and reliable passage through one of the most fascinating and mythological figures of World History.
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LibraryThing member MrsLee
This was a very good biography. Mr. Morris researched many original documents and other sources, as well as sailed the routes himself to get an idea of this man Columbus and what sort of man he was. He intersperses quotes from original documents, explains the sea terminology and geography of the
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land, as well as the difficulties of navigation and sailing in the 1400s. Through all of this, the story is very readable and at times, difficult to put down.
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LibraryThing member Schmerguls
1016 Admiral of the Ocean Sea: A Life of Christopher Columbus, by Samuel Eliot Morison (read 31 Jul 1969) (Pulitzer Biography prize for 1943) I think one of the main reasons I read this book was because it won a Pulitzer Prize. I have read with much appreciation other Morison books, but my comment
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on this one was the I found it less rewarding than the biography of Henry Clay, by Glyndon G. Van Deusen, which I had read shortly before I read this book.
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