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A Última Viagem de Colombo

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A história da viagem mais épica de Cristóvão Colombo, com relatos de motins, tempestades e descobertas inesperadas.
1500. Cristóvão Colombo, despojado de todos os cargos e do título de Almirante do Mar Oceano, encontra-se encarcerado numa prisão caribenha construída por sua ordem, de onde avista a colónia que fundou e governou durante oito anos. Caído em desgraça, acusado p
Paperback, 314 pages
Published March 2006 by Casa das Letras (first published 2005)
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I love books about explorers, for some reason - I've read about Magellan and Shackleton. I love books about ships - I really enjoy Patrick O'Brian's Master and Commander series. I have no idea what it is that draws me to these sorts of topics, but it's no surprise that I picked this book up. So much more was going on with Columbus than just bumping around in the Caribbean looking for new lands - he was caught up in political plots much larger than himself, and just when he thought he would settl ...more
Christopher Rex
Columbus had said that his 4th Voyage was by far his best. This is an incredible tale by any standards. Love or hate Columbus, he pulled off some amazing feats and the 4th Voyage is no exception - nor is Columbus the only compelling character. Not by a long shot. Well worth reading. Gives a real appreciation of the difficulty of sea-exploration in the 15th-16thC. Anybody who likes adventure, history, the sea, sailing and/or the Caribbean will dig this book. I don't want to throw out spoilers, bu ...more
Robert Melnyk
Very interesting and informative book on Columbus and his voyages. Before reading this book I basically knew, "in 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue." :-). This book went into great detail on not only Columbus, but also his relationship with his crew(s), Ferdinand and Isabella, as well as others. The details of his voyages, his explorations of new lands that he found, and his dealing with the native people was fascinating. For those of you intrigued by exploration and adventure, this is defini ...more
Dugard avoided innumerable potential tangents to give us the benefit of his research into this last voyage.

I learned that info and mis-info about CC is not just a modern phenomenon. CC had a lot of enemies, and Dugard outlines a few, who benefited from having chaos surround his name. Dugard gives us facts.

You can certainly conclude that CC's skills as a mariner are unparralled for his time. His land administration skills, seemingly leave a lot be be desired, but his peers failed as well.

I lost c
Robert Fonseca
“The only certainty about Columbus is that for better or worse, he chose to live a bold life rather than settle for mediocrity.” This is the last line of the epilogue of the book, but it reminded me of why I enjoy reading and studying history. Reading the great stories and adventures of history are enjoyable in itself, but I find it more worthwhile and edifying when something I read changes, enhances, or encourages me in my own life. Dugard’s account of Columbus’ last voyage did just that. The l ...more
"He chose to live a bold life rather than settle for mediocrity"

Published by Back Bay Books in 2006.

"The only certainty about Columbus is that, for better or worse, he chose to live a bold life rather than settle for mediocrity." (p. 268)

That is how Dugard ends a lively and informative biography of Christopher Columbus (1451-1506). As the title indicates, Dugard focuses on the fourth voyage of Columbus and its successes and mishaps. In order to properly place this voyage in its correct context,
I stumbled across this book on a Holland America Cruise--checked it out from the ship's library. It was a timely coincidence, since our ship left Spain and was headed to the Bahamas, not too far off from Columbus' original course!

If you ever wanted to be a 'fly on the wall' between conversations Columbus and the royals, this book will take you there. Not only did I learn about Columbus' drive to convince the King and Queen to finance one last voyage, but also how he ineracted with his crew, the
Jason Golomb
I've read Martin Dugard before. His "Into Africa" traces Henry Morgan Stanley's search for British Explorer David Livingstone deep in the African jungle. "Farther Than Any Man" follows the career of Explorer James Cook. He wrote "The Murder of King Tut" with perennial fiction bestselling author James Patterson. While "Tut" is a bit of a mess and misses whatever target at which it's aiming, "Into Africa" is a thrilling ride, that's exhilarating to read and fulfilling to finish. "Farther Than Any ...more
Wow. What a book. Buying this book, I really wasn't expecting much. I was hoping to gain a bit of knowledge about Christopher Columbus.

Not only did I get that, but more. This book truly reads like an adventure movie. It could easily be turned into an exciting movie, and most people wouldn't believe that it was based on truth.

An older man, Columbus was desperate to gain the glory that he once had when he first discovered the New World. He still believed that he could find a way to Asia by sailing
djreggiereg Mas Reg
Columbus was unconcerned and uninterested in these wonders. His fear of returning to Spain empty-handed fueled a growing desperation. The only natural wonders he cared about were those interfering with his mission.

This is what blinds all explorers. Columbus and other explorers were searching for profit not to learn about other societies. Charles Darwin was one of the only explorers that I know truly looked to learn about society and how it operated. The only thing similar to Darwin and Columbus
I enjoyed this portrayal of Columbus. Shows the many angles one could take when judging him for good or bad but mainly focuses on him in the midst of his life before history took over. He was a very capable captain and intelligent man dealing with weather prediction before barometers and navigation without telescopes along with keeping nearly continual mutinies at bay or minimized.

Oh the ironies and hypocrisies, we call red peppers such because Columbus wanted to bring pepper back to Spain but f
OMG! I'm just a few pages away from finishing the book... I couldn't put it down but it made me late for work. :o/

This book is awesome! I love how at the beginning of the book, you basically get all the history facts about the discovery of America but not only that, you also get all the details and basically gossip of what and how the politics worked back then. Yeah! it was a bit of a slow start but I enjoyed it very much, because I'm a nerd like that. I like to learn the facts. But believe me,
Dugard does a fine job of shedding light on the man Columbus, "The Last Voyage of Columbus" seams to be based on factual events, this help to break through the hate Columbus rhetoric that is so common in our schools and universities today. Dugard paints a picture of a inspired and driven man that was undermined on all sides by power hungry aristocrats many of which were on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. The controversial subjects of our day such as slavery and genocide are ever present in ...more
Eric Mccutcheon
This was an interesting read. I liked the emphasis on the last voyage because it gave the author a chance to go into the back story and give surrounding details of the stuff everyone has heard while also illuminating some new info. It was well-written and drew on primary sources a lot. The pace of the story was good and the author did not feel the need to be drawn too deeply into philosophical struggle that was Columbus and the Spanish in the Caribbean.
Informational and a good read

This book was informational and well written. The author presented the story of Columbus in story book fashion paying attention to factual truth. I learned a lot about the man through this book which really shows the difference between the boring information they limit one to in high school, to who these historical figures actually were.
I listened to the unabridged audio book. It was absolutely fabulous. The story itself is great and well written, but with the added benefit of the excellent narrator, it was rip-rollicking adventure that I could not stop listening to until I was completely done. It is the first time that I feel I "know" who Christopher Columbus really was.
a well written and easily read history book dealing with columbus and the early explorers (conquerors) of the new world. dugard paints a such a vivid picture of the events surrounding columbus' life that at times i was left wondering if it could all be true. i am left thinking that the feat of the initial trans-atlantic crossings in this era required more courage than even the initial trips to the moon. at least in the case of the moon, one could see the destination from the outset, know the dis ...more
I learned a lot from this book. It follows Columbus from searching for money for his first voyage through his last (fourth) voyage, focusing on the last. (But it's only half the book.) The author is very pro-Columbus, and makes others (other explorers, the main bean-counter back in Spain, Ferdinand but Isabella less so) seem evil or foolish. CC was a terrible administrator, but a great seaman. Apparently had a good feeling for hurricanes before others really knew what they were. Used the solar e ...more
This book ends up focusing on Columbus' last journey for most of the second half. The first half lays the groundwork for understanding the individuals and their motivations. The facts of the fourth and final voyage are pretty interesting, but some interesting and important events felt rushed (e.g. while marooned on Jamaica awaiting rescue, Columbus's men split into a group of mutineers and loyalists who eventually had a battle in the sand which lasted about two pages). Interesting book if you're ...more
A soporific in writing. The material is interesting, but the whole story is told in a jerky parenthetical style. You're just about to learn something new and interesting when the author stops to fill you in on the situation, or past events that have created then present environment.

But the material is interesting! Columbus was far more capable and lead a life that was far more romantic than the public schools give us to believe.

I think if the author considers a re-arrangement and some fixes in t
José Campos
Interesting tale about Columbus (and other contemporaneous characters), with some tidbits describing the habits and worldview of people of that historical period.

It's a shame that the author doesn't have a word regarding the current dispute about Columbus' origin (namely, the strong evidences of its portuguese origin), but instead relies on a lot of coincidences to explain seemingly unexplainable facts (you will read the word coincidence and coincident very often in this book ;).

Nonetheless, it
Ryan Winston
This book is an excellent read. Martin Dugard does an excellent job of taking non-fiction and making it read like Historical Fiction. It's about Columbus' practically unknown 4th voyage. Everything that goes wrong does in the most fascinating way. Any other Admiral probably would have perished in these circumstances, but Columbus persevered with sheer will alone. I highly recommend this book because it gives you a unique view of history all while being a fun read. This book even has topics of di ...more
I thought I knew something about Columbus, but this book gave me the context of what was happening in the world (eg,I never realized the Spanish inquisition was going on while he was sailing the ocean blue), provided a picture of the politics of the period, and made Columbus a much realer and more complex person. I particularly enjoyed the information on sailing in the 15th century. Columbus truly was an excellent sailor who knew the sea and the weather and how ships worked. Will definitely read ...more
Dean Peake
Columbus made four voyages to the new world, looking for the elusive path to India. And on his last voyage he was struck with unbelievable hardship, mega storms, Indian attacks and shipwreck. Who knew?? They don't teach you this story in school. Columbus was shipwrecked for nearly a year, and was only saved due to an amazing rescue by one of his crew. This is an amazing read of an amazing true story by martin Dugard, the talent behind the Bill O'Rielly books 'Killing Lincoln' and 'Killing Kenned ...more
This was a great book and the author did an incredible job telling the story and having direct quotes into the chapters. I didn't know much about Columbus before, just the stuff from HS and a few other things about him. But I really didn't know much about him after his first voyage or so. I didn't know about all the other jealous sailors and opposition that came to him. I am really glad I got this book and recommend it to others.
Garrett Burnett
This was great--a lot of fun. Columbus is such an interesting (and controversial) character, and the circumstances of his fourth voyage make for a wonderful and entertaining story. Dugard does a fantastic job a dramatizing the whole thing. The subtitle gives a good synopsis. If you like mutiny, shipwrecks, and discovery, this is the book for you. If not, get back to crocheting doilies.
It was a good book but not particularly deep or thought provoking. This can best be seen and read as an introduction to the life of Columbus rather than an exhaustive analysis of the Admiral's last voyage. I enjoyed but it was more a distracted enjoyment rather than anything comprehensive. Again we have a narrative history when an analytical one would have suited better.

Worth a look.
I loved this book. This would have made a great novel, but all of this really happened. The author gave a refreshing portrait of Columbus: neither a butchering genocidal whack-job, nor a saintly explorer trying only to help the human race, but showed him the way he was, a poor man who had become important through hard work that was trying to make a buck.
This one is a little slow getting started, but I understand it's trying to set the scene properly for what was about to take place. Once it gets going though, it never stops. Unbelievable some the of things that Columbus and his crew went through during that last voyage. If you're interested in some incredible bits of history, this is a great read.
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