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Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. A former submarine commander in Britain’s Royal Navy, Menzies must enjoy doing battle. The amateur historian’s. In The Year China Discovered America (), aspires to rewrite world history on a grand scale. He maintains that Gavin Menzies)four Chinese fleets. On 3/8/, the largest fleet the world had ever seen set sail from China. by Gavin Menzies by Gavin Menzies The Devil in the White City by Erik.

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Gavin Menzies had the idea to write his first book after he and his wife Marcella visited the Forbidden City for their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. Book navigation al-Hakim bi Amr Allah: Both books have sold mejzies and it will only spur Gavin Menzies on to write more of these books. It inspired me, at least to think that when there’s a will, there’s a way, especially when I get stuck in finishing one of my writing work. Naturally, speeds differed considerably, depending on the time of year and the passage being traversed.

I have no idea if this comment section is still running or if anyone is reading it Journal of Scholarly Publishing.

I got so ferociously attacked that I decided to defend myself by putting the new evidence on the website as it piles in. I would like to see us humans get it right though, and unfortunately Menzies can’t prove his theories. Unfortunately it turns into a wild good chase fairly quick, and all those gsvin Menzies writes that the Chinese, during the reign of a single emperor at a time over five decades before the voyages of Columbus, spared no expense building treasure fleets with the centerpieces being huge flat bottomed square bowed junks by feet flying bright red silk sails on up to nine masts surrounded with lesser support ships that carried everything from food to horses in a quest to discover the world and plant colonies in the process.

121 only problem I had with the book is that it gets repetitious towards the end, especially the epilogue that I found unnecessary since it just restates evidence from earlier in the book.

And then, because they did this, mennzies charts spread to Europe and gave them the boost they needed to go exploring and try to catch up to Chinese navigational superiority. He misrepresents the scholarship of others, gsvin he frequently fails to cite those from whom he borrows.


Menzies has no basis for this estimate since an average speed can be calculated only for the — expedition, for which a detailed itinerary survives.

I finally finished mnzies book. The wood samples were in such poor condition it was impossible to tell, so Menzies is now faced with raising money for a complete excavation.

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In addition, he conflates history for which there is strong evidence with unsupported theories. I can understand their lack of enthusiasm. However, they also have an undoubted cartographic pedigree. Contribute to History Cooperative. Another trait which lessens the effect of his narrative is his repetitive use of phrases to sell his assumption. Well, the Chinese did, and in great detail, and the maps were then copied or made by some of the Europeans who were sailing with the Chinese fleets. So why 3 stars?

Albrecht Heeffer investigated Menzies’ claim that Regiomontanus based his solution to the Chinese remainder theorem on the Chinese work Mathematical Treatise in Nine Sections from Uncle Gavin wrote this book. Menzies has explained the absence of the bulge as being determined by the sailing conditions of the time and the inability to determine longitude accurately. Menzies has been made an honorary professor of Yunnan University, in south-west China, and been given the freedom of the city of Kunming.

There is a raging debate over this book. Retrieved 10 October Phillip reading the other comments on this book is really something! I bought this book December on Indonesia Book Fair. They sailed around the southern tip, up the west coast, and across mennzies Brazil.

You will read and really think that maybe the textbooks have been wrong the whole time. The leader Montezuma, ruler of the Aztec empire in Mexico, is believed by Menzies to have mistaken the conquistador Cortez for his grandfather, returned again from his home in the East.

The Year China Discovered America by Gavin Menzies

On April 20, If the crew had been better equipped they would have realized that they were traveling west along the west African coast, and the map which they subsequently made would have shown the bulge.


But his brand of history as detective thriller, with clues being provided by a fascinated public, has its own peculiar momentum. Archived from the original on Others have called his books a tower of hypotheses. As for me, I do not have enough scientific authority to judge whether all the writer said in the book are true or not, but I really respect all research he’s done for the book. That said, they both get a big recommendation from me, especially for the growing amount of people in the western half of the world who are becoming more and more curious these days about the mysterious history of the eastern half.

I’ll overlook some speculation or inaccuracies if the actual evidence you DO have is compelling and you are just filling in some blanks. Finally, I acknowledge the possibility of Menzies’ claims. The Cherokee Indians of the southeastern United States possess lore that tells of their accepting and warring with visiting Chinese travelers by sea.

You can also subscribe without commenting. Its fascinating to see how the revelation of what “really” happened developes for the author as he travels all over the world finding evidence in shipwrecks, artifacts and structures, plants and animals, languages and customs, and genetic markers in the indigenous peoples of Africa, the New World, and Australia and New Zealand.

But as a historical novel, apart from all the pseudo-science drivel, it’s an enjoyable read.

He had quite a story to tell, too. The other great legend of the Atlantic was that of St. When Columbus returned to Lisbon after his first voyage, it was rumored that he had found the mythical lost land of Antilliawhich in time was transformed into a chain of islands known as the Greater and Lesser Mrnzies. His theory is that they visited every continent on Earth except Europe, and he amasses a great deal of circumstantial evidence to support it.