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Bergreen, Laurence

Overview
Works: 54 works in 210 publications in 4 languages and 16,788 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Case studies 
Roles: 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 )
18 editions published between 1990 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,363 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Chronicles the life and achievements of the American songwriter and contains a chronology of 1,500 songs
Over the edge of the world : Magellan's terrifying circumnavigation of the globe by Laurence Bergreen ( Book )
25 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 2,224 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 )
11 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 2,096 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 )
14 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 2,036 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 )
10 editions published in 2011 in English and Spanish and held by 1,839 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 )
15 editions published between 1994 and 2008 in English and held by 1,675 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 )
10 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,510 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Voyage to Mars : NASA's search for life beyond Earth by Laurence Bergreen ( Book )
5 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 795 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 )
8 editions published between 1980 and 1981 in English and Undetermined and held by 624 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Over the edge of the world [Magellan's terrifying circumnavigation of the globe] by Laurence Bergreen ( Recording )
17 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 473 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 413 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
The quest for Mars : the NASA scientists and their search for life beyond Earth by Laurence Bergreen ( Book )
4 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Al Capone & the machine gun massacre ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 113 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 109 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
Columbus : the four voyages, 1492-1504 by Laurence Bergreen ( Book )
4 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 74 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
Marco Polo : van Venetië naar Xanadu by Laurence Bergreen ( Book )
1 edition published in 2008 in Dutch and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Beschrijving van leven en avontuurlijke daden van Marco Polo (1254-1324), die als eerste Europeaan China bereikte en er een uitgebreid reisverslag over schreef
Louis Armstrong an extravagant life by Laurence Bergreen ( Recording )
2 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 49 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 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Over de rand van de wereld : de opzienbarende ontdekkingsreis van Magalhães by Laurence Bergreen ( Book )
1 edition published in 2004 in Dutch and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Beschrijving van de eerste reis om de wereld door Fernão de Magalhães (ca. 1470-1521) in 1519
Louis Armstrong : ein extravagantes Leben ; eine Biographie by Laurence Bergreen ( Book )
1 edition published in 2000 in German and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
Bérgrén, Lawréns
Laolunsi Beiergelin
バーグリーン, ローレンス
Languages
English (152)
Dutch (2)
Spanish (1)
German (1)
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