Based on 15 years of in-depth research, "1421" traces the voyages of an extraordinary fleet of Chinese ships, whose crews actually charted America 70 years before Columbus. Four 8-page color inserts. 37 maps & diagrams.Based on 15 years of in-depth research, "1421" traces the voyages of an extraordinary fleet of Chinese ships, whose crews actually charted America 70 years before Columbus. Four 8-page color inserts. 37 maps & diagrams.Read Less
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I found this to be a well researched, history of world exploration. It certainly answers a lot of questions about the source of ancient maps that have turned up in libraries and collections around the world.
Dec 30, 2010
READ IT NOW!!!
This was a fantastic book! Maybe one of the top two books I''ve ever read. It was informative and kept me on the edge of my seat. When I was finished, I wanted more. It is a must read for anyone interested in history!
Apr 22, 2010
FABULOUS BOOK !
This amazing 552-page volume outlines an early exploration of the world that most of us seldom imagine could have taken place...yet, it did! This book is well organized, very readable and possesses a wonderful bibliography for continued reading! Additionally, it opens the door for consideration of numerous other world explorations by other cultures that directly impacted the world, specifically the Americas, before Columbus and 1492!
Mar 25, 2010
Eventually someone will discover that human beings originated in the swamps of the Amazon Jungle and then spread north and across the land bridge to asia,
Europe, and finally southeast Africa where they encountered these tiny little ape like creatures that they eventually slaughtered along with the equally dim witted cro magnons.
Jan 21, 2010
Absolutely extraordinary book
I am astonished that every review of this book doesn't give it absolutely the highest rating. The book is extraordinarily well-written and the subject matter will change any readers view of world history and discovery. The detail with which the author treats his subject can only cause the reader to conclude that he must be absolutely correct with respect to the fact that virtually the entire world had been explored by the Chinese Emperor's fleet well before Columbus, Magellan or Cook. The physical evidence of the maps carried by the great European explorers containing the information of the location of Caribbean islands and the Magellan Straits could only have been provided by prior explorers and only the Chinese had the capability and capacity to produce this information prior to the European explorations. The book is extraordinary and I've purchased multiple copies for friends and family.
Publishers Weekly, 2003-01-06 A former submarine commander in Britain's Royal Navy, Menzies must enjoy doing battle. The amateur historian's lightly footnoted, heavily speculative re-creation of little-known voyages made by Chinese ships in the early 1400s goes far beyond what most experts in and outside of China are willing to assert and will surely set tongues wagging. According to Menzies's brazen but dull account of the Middle Kingdom's exploits at sea, Magellan, Dias, da Gama, Cabral and Cook only "discovered" lands the Chinese had already visited, and they sailed with maps drawn from Chinese charts. Menzies alleges that the Chinese not only discovered America, but also established colonies here long before Columbus set out to sea. Because China burned the records of its historic expeditions led by Zheng He, the famed eunuch admiral and the focus of this account, Menzies is forced to defend his argument by compiling a tedious package of circumstantial evidence that ranges from reasonable to ridiculous. While the book does contain some compelling claims-for example, that the Chinese were able to calculate longitude long before Western explorers-drawn from Menzies's experiences at sea, his overall credibility is undermined by dubious research methods. In just one instance, when confounded by the derivation of cryptic words on a Venetian map, Menzies first consults an expert at crossword puzzles rather than an etymologist. Such an approach to scholarship, along with a promise of more proof to come in the paperback edition, casts a shadow of doubt over Menzies's discoveries. 32 pages of color illus., 27 maps and diagrams. Book-of-the-Month Club alternate. (On sale Jan. 7) Forecast: Menzies's theory was featured in the New York Times and elsewhere last March after he spoke at the Royal Geographical Society in London (see Book News, Nov. 25, 2002). Controversy surrounding the book should be lively, generating sales. In addition, PBS will air a documentary series in 2004. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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