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The India Road

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  4 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
Known as the Perfect Prince, John is a proud son and the only male heir of Afonso the African, in 1481 he ascends to the throne of Portugal. A brilliant, fiery, and ruthless man, King John II has learned from his father's mistakes and now knows the future of his small kingdom is not in North Africa, but instead, lies to the east in the Indies-within the riches of the spice ...more
Paperback, 348 pages
Published August 3rd 2009 by
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Mark Jackson
Apr 01, 2014 Mark Jackson rated it really liked it
Peter Wibaux's engaging work of historical fiction does an excellent job of putting a human face on the Portuguese maritime explorations; a topic that is usually approached in dry, fact-heavy works of non-fiction. His characters are very real and believable and as far as I can tell, reflect the attitudes and personalities of the historical figures they represent. His use of science and politics in the story serve as tools to make the story both informative and entertaining, while at the same ...more
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Jun 14, 2013 Peter Wibaux rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
As they say in the stock market, full disclosure. In this case it means I wrote the book.

If you're busy, this book is an excellent read. The India Road is structured in short chapters, each of which tells it's own tale - the chapters coalesce to teach you about the start of globalization—the discovery of the sea route from Europe to India.

If you never liked history at school, read The India Road.

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Peter Wibaux is an academic who was educated in Portugal and the United Kingdom. For more than two decades he has had the unique opportunity to perform scientific work on four continents and travel extensively in the East. He presently lives in Lisbon and enjoys reading, music, and good wine.
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