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Bergreen, Laurence

Overview
Works: 49 works in 283 publications in 12 languages and 17,096 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Biographies  Documentary television programs  Documentary films  Biographical films  Case studies  Biographical television programs  Historical television programs  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author, Other
Classifications: G420.M2, B
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Most widely held works by Laurence Bergreen
As thousands cheer : the life of Irving Berlin by Laurence Bergreen( Book )

27 editions published between 1990 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,246 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first full biography of the king of American songwriters. Berlin's life spanned 101 years and his career extended from the heyday of vaudeville to the hegemony of rock. He wrote lyrics and music for some 1,500 songs, of which an unparalleled 25 reached the #1 spot on the weekly popular music charts, from "Alexander's Ragtime Band," and "God Bless America" to "White Christmas," the most popular song of all time. This unerring instinct for the popular taste was Irving Berlin's hallmark--more than any other songwriter he knew what Americans wanted to hear, what songs would express their longings, their fears, their feelings. And no wonder--for Berlin's life is a typically American rags-to-riches saga that moves from czarist Russia to the grimy vitality and honky-tonk glamour of New York's Lower East Side, from Tin Pan Alley to the glitter of Broadway and the dream factory of Hollywood. Its characters are themselves the stuff of legend: George M. Cohan, Florenz Ziegfeld, Al Jolson, Marilyn Miller, Alexander Woollcott, George Gershwin, Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Cole Porter, Ethel Merman. And at its heart is a great romance: the story of how this son of a Jewish cantor courted and eloped with the daughter of an Irish-American Catholic millionaire, scandalizing society and causing her family to cut her off completely. Laurence Bergreen's masterful biography, containing a complete chronology of all Berlin's 1,500 songs as well as his scores for Broadway and Hollywood, is the result of more than two hundred interviews and three and a half years of research in a dozen archives around the country. Rich in anecdote and full of memorable characters, As Thousands Cheer not only chronicles Irving Berlin's remarkable life, but weaves his words and music into the tapestry of twentieth-century America. --Adapted from dust jacket
Over the edge of the world : Magellan's terrifying circumnavigation of the globe by Laurence Bergreen( Book )

30 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 2,241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publisher's description: Ferdinand Magellan's daring circumnavigation of the globe in the sixteenth century was a three-year odyssey filled with sex, violence, and amazing adventure. Now in Over the Edge of the World, acclaimed author Laurence Bergreen, interweaving a variety of candid, first-person accounts, some previously unavailable in English, brings to life this groundbreaking and majestic tale of discovery that changed many long-held views about the world and the way explorers would henceforth navigate its oceans. In 1519 Magellan and his fleet set sail from Seville, Spain, to find a water route to the Spice Islands in Indonesia, where the most sought-after commodities -- cloves, pepper, and nutmeg -- flourished. Most important, they were looking for a passageway, a strait, through the great landmass of the Americas that would lead them to these fabled islands. Laurence Bergreen takes readers on board with Magellan and his crew as they explore, navigate, mutiny, suffer, and die across the seas. He also recounts the many unusual sexual practices the crew experienced, from orgies in Brazil to bizarre customs in the South Pacific. With a fleet of five ships and more than two hundred men, they had set out in search of the Spice Islands. Three years later they returned with an abundance of spices from their intended destination, but with just one ship carrying eighteen emaciated men. They suffered starvation, disease, and torture, and many died, including Magellan, who was violently killed in a fierce battle. A man of great tenacity, cunning, and courage, Magellan was full of contradictions. He was both heroic and foolish, insightful yet blind, a visionary whose instincts outran his ideals. Ambitious to a fault and not above using torture and murder to maintain control of his ships and sailors, he survived innumerable natural hazards in addition to several violent mutinies aboard his own fleet -- and it took no less than the massed forces of fifteen hundred men to kill him. This is the first time in nearly half a century that anyone has attempted to narrate the complete story of Magellan's unprecedented circumnavigation of the globe -- to tell this truly gripping and profoundly important story of heroism, discovery, and disaster. A voyage into history, a tour of the world emerging from the Middle Ages into the Renaissance, an anthropological account of tribes, languages, and customs unknown to Europeans, and a chronicle of a desperate grab for commercial and political power, Over the Edge of the World is a captivating tale that rivals the most exciting thriller fiction
Marco Polo : from Venice to Xanadu by Laurence Bergreen( Book )

18 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 2,134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A portrait of the thirteenth-century explorer, adventurer, and global traveler follows Marco Polo from his youth in Venice to his journey to Asia and role in the court of Kublai Khan, to his return to Europe, and discusses his influence on the history of his era
Louis Armstrong : an extravagant life by Laurence Bergreen( Book )

18 editions published between 1997 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,958 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Louis Armstrong was the founding father of jazz and one of this century's towering cultural figures. His musical innovation and exuberance made him a household name, yet the full story of his extravagant life has never been told. Now, drawing on a vast, previously unexplored archive of Armstrong's writings and recordings, acclaimed biographer Laurence Bergreen presents an intimate, provocative, and definitive portrait of the legendary Pied Piper of American music
Columbus : the four voyages by Laurence Bergreen( Book )

16 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,780 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Christopher Columbus's 1492 voyage across the Atlantic Ocean in search of a trading route to China, and his unexpected landfall in the Americas, is a watershed event in world history. Yet Columbus made three more voyages within the span of only a decade, each designed to demonstrate that he could sail to China within a matter of weeks and convert those he found there to Christianity. These later voyages were even more adventurous, violent, and ambiguous, but they revealed Columbus's uncanny sense of the sea, his mingled brilliance and delusion, and his superb navigational skills. In all these exploits he almost never lost a sailor. By their conclusion, however, Columbus was broken in body and spirit. If the first voyage illustrates the rewards of exploration, the latter voyages illustrate the tragic costs, political, moral, and economic. In this book the author re-creates each of these adventures as well as the historical background of Columbus's celebrated, controversial career
Capone : the man and the era by Laurence Bergreen( Book )

18 editions published between 1994 and 2014 in English and held by 1,568 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author presents a new portrait of Capone, from the brutal wars in which Capone climbed to the top of gangsterdom, to his long incarceration as one of the first prisoners at Alcatraz, to a detailed account of his long slide into illness and death
James Agee : a life by Laurence Bergreen( Book )

14 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,449 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Voyage to Mars : NASA's search for life beyond Earth by Laurence Bergreen( Book )

7 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 710 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes NASA's efforts to gather data on Mars' evolution and environment
Look now, pay later : the rise of network broadcasting by Laurence Bergreen( Book )

12 editions published between 1980 and 1981 in English and Undetermined and held by 583 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Casanova : the world of a seductive genius by Laurence Bergreen( Book )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 476 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The remarkable story of Giacomo Casanova (1725-1798), an impoverished abandoned boy who became the notorious libertine, famous writer, and correspondent with figures such as Voltaire, Louis XV, and Catherine the Great in decadent 18th-century Europe."--Provided by publisher
Over the edge of the world : [Magellan's terrifying circumnavigation of the globe] by Laurence Bergreen( Recording )

24 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 462 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A tour of the world emerging from the Middle Ages into the Renaissance; a startling anthropological account of tribes, languages, and customs unknown to Europeans; and a chronicle of a desperate grab for commercial and political power."--Container
Marco Polo : [from Venice to Xanadu] by Laurence Bergreen( Recording )

11 editions published in 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 381 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A portrait of the thirteenth-century explorer, adventurer, and global traveler follows Marco Polo from his youth in Venice to his journey to Asia and role in the court of Kublai Khan, to his return to Europe, and discusses his influence on the history of his era
Al Capone & the machine gun massacre( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recounts the St. Valentine's Day Massacre and the role played by Al Capone in the violent crime surrounding Prohibition in the 1920s. Examines the role played by the Thompson submachine gun in organized crime during that era. Examines Capone's rise from street thug to mob boss
Columbus : the four voyages by Laurence Bergreen( Recording )

5 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Christopher Columbus's 1492 voyage across the Atlantic Ocean in search of a trading route to China, and his unexpected landfall in the Americas, is a watershed event in world history. Yet Columbus made three more voyages within the span of only a decade, each designed to demonstrate that he could sail to China within a matter of weeks and convert those he found there to Christianity. These later voyages were even more adventurous, violent, and ambiguous, but they revealed Columbus's uncanny sense of the sea, his mingled brilliance and delusion, and his superb navigational skills. In all these exploits he almost never lost a sailor. By their conclusion, however, Columbus was broken in body and spirit. If the first voyage illustrates the rewards of exploration, the latter voyages illustrate the tragic costs, political, moral, and economic. In this book the author re-creates each of these adventures as well as the historical background of Columbus's celebrated, controversial career
The quest for Mars : the NASA scientists and their search for life beyond Earth by Laurence Bergreen( Book )

5 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in English and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Over de rand van de wereld : de opzienbarende ontdekkingsreis van Magalhães by Laurence Bergreen( Book )

24 editions published between 2004 and 2016 in 7 languages and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ferdinand Magellan's daring circumnavigation of the globe in the sixteenth century was a three-year odyssey filled with sex, violence, and amazing adventure. Now in Over the Edge of the World, prize-winning biographer and journalist Laurence Bergreen entwines a variety of candid, firsthand accounts, bringing to life this groundbreaking and majestic tale of discovery that changed both the way explorers would henceforth navigate the oceans and history itself
Louis Armstrong : an extravagant life by Laurence Bergreen( Recording )

3 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author traces Armstrong's rich and varied life --from poverty and obscurity to fame
Marco Polo : from Venice to Xanadu by Laurence Bergreen( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

520 A portrait of the thirteenth-century explorer, adventurer, and global traveler follows Marco Polo from his youth in Venice to his journey to Asia and role in the court of Kublai Khan, to his return to Europe, and discusses his influence on the history of his era
Magellan : over the edge of the world by Laurence Bergreen( Book )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A middle grade adaptation of Bergreen's adult title of the same name, about Magellan's historic voyage around the globe"--
Voyage to Mars : [mankind's search for life beyond earth] by Laurence Bergreen( Recording )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Alternative Names
Beiergelin, Laolunsi 1950-

Bergreen, Laurence

Bérgrén, Lawréns 1950-

Laurence Bergreen American biographer, historian

Laurence Bergreen Amerikaans historicus

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Over the edge of the world : Magellan's terrifying circumnavigation of the globeMarco Polo : from Venice to XanaduLouis Armstrong : an extravagant lifeColumbus : the four voyagesCapone : the man and the eraVoyage to Mars : NASA's search for life beyond EarthOver the edge of the world : [Magellan's terrifying circumnavigation of the globe]Marco Polo : [from Venice to Xanadu]