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Historian Nigel Cliff delivers a sweeping, radical reinterpretation of Vasco da Gama's pioneering voyages, revealing their significance as a decisive turning point in the struggle between Christianity and Islam - a series of events which forever altered the relationship between East and West. Perfect for fans of Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage, Galileo's Daughter, and Atlantic, this first-ever complete account of da Gama's voyages includes new information from the recently discovered diaries of his sailors and an extraordinary series of letters between da Gama and the Zamorin, a king of modern-day Kerala, India. 

Cliff, the author of The Shakespeare Riots, draws upon his own travels in da Gama's footsteps to add detail, authenticity, and a contemporary perspective to this riveting, one-of-a-kind historical epic.

©2011 Nigel Cliff (P)2020 Tantor

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  • 2022-01-24

a library must have

Excellent book. A complete history, not only of Vasco de Gama, but of Portuguese history in Africa and India. Don't stop before reading the epilogue. This book is an important piece to my world history collection.

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  • 2021-02-08

Way too PC

Lots of details of the violence of the Portuguese but nothing mentioned about the massive slave trade of Islam in the world. I can’t say I would pay for this one sided distortion.

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  • 2020-06-20

Exploration through lens of crusades

Great history of the period. Not really a biography of Da Gama, but interesting and easy to follow.