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In Amerigo, the award-winning pupil Felipe Fernández-Armesto solutions the query “What’s in a name?” via offering a rousing flesh-and-blood narrative of the existence and instances of Amerigo Vespucci. the following we meet Amerigo as he relatively used to be: a rogue and raconteur who counted Christopher Columbus between his buddies and opponents; an novice sorcerer who attained popularity and honor via a sequence of disastrous mess ups and both grand self-reinventions. choked with well-informed insights and notable anecdotes, this magisterial and compulsively readable account sweeps readers from Medicean Florence to the Sevillian court docket of Ferdinand and Isabella, then around the Atlantic of Columbus to the courageous New international the place fortune preferred the bold.

Amerigo Vespucci emerges from those pages as an impossible to resist avatar for the age of exploration–and as a guy of actual fulfillment as a voyager and chronicler of discovery. And now, in Amerigo, this mercurial and elusive determine eventually has a biography to do complete justice to either the fellow and his extraordinary era.

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