We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
 >   > 
Amerigo: The Man Who Gave His Name to America | [Felipe Fernandez-Armesto]

Amerigo: The Man Who Gave His Name to America

Leading historian Felipe Fernandez-Armesto tells the story of our hemisphere as a whole, showing why it is impossible to understand North, Central, and South America in isolation without turning to the forces that shape the region. With imagination, thematic breadth, and his trademark wit, he covers a range of cultural, political, and social subjects, taking us from the dawn of human migration to North America, to the colonial and independence periods, and to the "American century" and beyond.
Regular Price:$24.49
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

In this groundbreaking work, leading historian Felipe Fernandez-Armesto tells the story of our hemisphere as a whole, showing why it is impossible to understand North, Central, and South America in isolation without turning to the intertwining forces that shape the region.

With imagination, thematic breadth, and his trademark wit, Fernandez-Armesto covers a range of cultural, political, and social subjects, taking us from the dawn of human migration to North America, to the colonial and independence periods, and to the "American century" and beyond. Fernandez-Armesto does nothing less than revise the conventional wisdom about cross-cultural exchange, conflict, and interaction, making and supporting some brilliantly provocative conclusions about the Americas' past and where we are headed.

©2007 Felipe Fernandez-Armesto; (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Dazzling....An elegant tale." (Publishers Weekly)
"Fernandez-Armesto can personalize broad historical trends without sinking into triviality....History written at its best." (Booklist)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.3 (15 )
5 star
 (2)
4 star
 (4)
3 star
 (7)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (1)
Overall
3.8 (6 )
5 star
 (2)
4 star
 (1)
3 star
 (3)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Story
4.0 (5 )
5 star
 (2)
4 star
 (1)
3 star
 (2)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Barry Petaluma, CA, United States 09-10-12
    Barry Petaluma, CA, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2006

    My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    235
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    203
    169
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    16
    5
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Genuinely enlightening"

    I was surprised first of all that there was enough real historical information as there is about Amerigo. Hardly enough to write a real biography but enough to get a real picture of who he was. Definitely enough to convince anyone that his name does not deserve to be plastered over two continents. But what is really interesting about this book is the light it sheds on what the early days of the exploration of the new world was like. The voyages, schemes, cartographers, memoirs (real and imaginery)--it was a fascinating time in European history.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Roy Beaumont, TX, United States 04-16-09
    Roy Beaumont, TX, United States 04-16-09 Member Since 2005
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1689
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    471
    273
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    532
    0
    Overall
    "A Seagoing Life"

    This is the story of Vespucci and his seagoing, pragmatic approach to life. We learn he took advantage of opportunities that came his way and that he also contrived. This book brings home that he was not the man we learned about in school for sure.

    Well written and well read, the book was a little dry to me in spots. That could well be a function of the limited evidence available to scholars in general. Alternatively, the book I heard immediately prior was very intersting and may have colored my evaluation of this one. The book is informative and worthwhile none-the-less.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-2 of 2 results

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.