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In Search of a Kingdom


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LAURENCE BERGREEN is the bestselling author of Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe. His other books include Columbus: The Four Voyages, 1492-1504; Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu; and Voyage to Mars: NASA's Search for Life Beyond Earth. A graduate of Harvard, Bergreen lives in Manhattan.


"Vivid. ... Entrancing. ... The accounts of Drake's circumnavigation and his subsequent naval career are very good indeed. They will surely delight aficionados of imperial history and anyone keen on real-life adventure stories."--Wall Street Journal
"The great pleasure of In Search of a Kingdom is the revelation of Drake as a man of apparent contradictions that helped rather than hindered his ambitions. Readers in search of a story of how a clergyman's son gained the support of a queen and helped found the British Empire will not be disappointed."--Washington Independent Review of Books
"A dramatic tale of discovery. ... A comprehensive look at Drake, in all his contradictions. ... A lively and compelling history of a man whose blend of audacity, piety and cruelty changed the world."--San Francisco Chronicle
With a keen sense of adventure and a sharp grasp of personalities on sea and land, Bergreen details Drake's round-the-world adventures as well as political intrigues and mutinous sailors.--Booklist (starred review)
"The swashbuckling life and times of the explorer who achieved what Magellan could not--and made England's fortune in the process. ... Demonstrating his deep knowledge of the era, the author energetically recounts Drake's action-packed journey. ... Bergreen masterly portrays the principal characters in this drama. ... A smooth, dramatic, and well-fleshed world history."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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