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Bergreen, Laurence

Overview
Works: 39 works in 245 publications in 11 languages and 16,640 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Documentary television programs  Historical television programs  Case studies  Biographical television programs 
Roles: Author, Other
Classifications: G420.M2, B
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Laurence Bergreen
Over the edge of the world : Magellan's terrifying circumnavigation of the globe by Laurence Bergreen( Book )

45 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 2,323 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
As thousands cheer : the life of Irving Berlin by Laurence Bergreen( Book )

24 editions published between 1990 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,283 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the life and achievements of the American songwriter and contains a chronology of 1,500 songs
Marco Polo : from Venice to Xanadu by Laurence Bergreen( Book )

16 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 2,189 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 )

19 editions published between 1997 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,994 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 )

13 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and Spanish and held by 1,757 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 )

19 editions published between 1994 and 2014 in English and German and held by 1,614 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 )

13 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,475 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

9 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and Portuguese and held by 748 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 )

11 editions published between 1980 and 1981 in English and Undetermined and held by 597 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Over the edge of the world [Magellan's terrifying circumnavigation of the globe] by Laurence Bergreen( Recording )

19 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 451 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 )

7 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 384 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
Columbus the four voyages by Laurence Bergreen( Recording )

5 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 112 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
Al Capone & the machine gun massacre( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 110 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
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 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Louis Armstrong an extravagant life by Laurence Bergreen( Recording )

4 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author traces Armstrong's rich and varied life --from poverty and obscurity to fame
Voyage to Mars [mankind's search for life beyond earth] by Laurence Bergreen( Recording )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Capone the man and the era by Laurence Bergreen( Recording )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The life of Irving Berlin by Laurence Bergreen( Book )

1 edition published in 1990 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oltre i confini del mondo : la storia di Ferdinando Magellano e della prima, straodinaria circumnavigazione della Terra by Laurence Bergreen( Book )

1 edition published in 2004 in Italian and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Marco Polo : de Venecia a Xanadú by Laurence Bergreen( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in Spanish and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Marco Polo : from Venice to Xanadu
Alternative Names
Beiergelin, Laolunsi 1950-

Bérgrén, Lawréns 1950-

Laurence Bergreen American biographer, historian

Laurence Bergreen Amerikaans historicus

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As thousands cheer : the life of Irving BerlinMarco 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]