In "Amerigo," the award-winning scholar Felipe Fernandez-Armesto
answers the question "What's in a name?" by delivering a rousing
flesh-and-blood narrative of the life and times of Amerigo
Vespucci. Here we meet Amerigo as he really was: a rogue and
raconteur who counted Christopher Columbus among his friends and
rivals; an amateur sorcerer who attained fame and honor through a
series of disastrous failures and equally grand self-reinventions.
Filled with well-informed insights and amazing anecdotes, this
magisterial and compulsively readable account sweeps readers from
Medicean Florence to the Sevillian court of Ferdinand and Isabella,
then across the Atlantic of Columbus to the brave New World where
fortune favored the bold.
Amerigo Vespucci emerges from these pages as an irresistible avatar
for the age of exploration-and as a man of genuine achievement as a
voyager and chronicler of discovery. And now, in "Amerigo," this
mercurial and elusive figure finally has a biography to do full
justice to both the man and his remarkable era.
Praise for "Amerigo":
"Wonderfully idiosyncratic and intelligent."
-"The New York Times Book Review"
"Fascinating . . . [Fernandez-Armesto's] lively style is effective
in evoking the flashy and violent world of Renaissance Europe."
-"The Washington Post Book World"
"An outstanding historian . . . [Fernandez-Armesto] introduces
Amerigo Vespucci as an amazing Renaissance character independent of
his name's fame-and does Fernandez-Armesto ever deliver."
-"Booklist "(starred review)
"Dazzling . . . an elegant tale of Vespucci's ability to transform
himself from a merchant into an explorer and conqueror of new
-"Publishers Weekly" (starred review)
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST
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