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A World Too Vast

By Alexander McKee

In 1492, Christopher Columbus set sail on a voyage across the Atlantic that would change the course of history forever. His inadvertent discovery of the Americas – which he believed to be Asia – would ultimately pave the way for the conquest of the ‘New World’. 

Following his return to Spain, Columbus would become Admiral of the Ocean and viceroy of the Indies. Further voyages to the newfound lands were made, but discovery of the Asian lands that Columbus so coveted remained an elusive prospect.

In this thorough account, Alexander McKee examines the man behind the image and reassesses the key factors that impeded Columbus from achieving the glory he sought. McKee’s careful analysis paints a complex portrait of a contradictory yet fascinating figure: a brilliant seaman who yet refused to accept that he had not discovered Asia, and who was tainted by accusations of mismanagement. A World Too Vast is thus a compelling account of one of the most iconic figures in history.

Alexander McKee (1918-1992) was a British military historian and journalist who published almost thirty books on military, naval and aeronautical history. During the Second World War he wrote for a succession of army newspapers and later became a writer and producer for the British Forces Network. His work on locating and excavating the Tudor warship Mary Rose brought him an OBE and international fame. His other books include King Henry VIII’s Mary Rose and Black Saturday.

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