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    The Tropics of Empire
    From: John Huth
    Date: 2010 Apr 14, 17:41 -0400

    Has anyone heard of this book?   

    It's subtitled "Why Columbus Sailed South to the Indies", by Nicolas Wey Gomez.    I was at a workshop for potential book writers, and an editor from MIT press pulled this out as a lesson in what not to publish.   It has tons of full color maps and is something like 900 pages long.    She said it was a "revisionist" history of Columbus, based on geographical knowledge of his time.   She said it marketed for something like $42. 

    I thought...."hmmm that sounds like it might actually be interesting".   So, I hung around until after the workshop and went up to her and asked if I could take a look at it.   She was getting ready to go, and I handed it back to her, but she said "No, you can keep it, I don't want to haul it back."   

    So a free book that has some new slant on Columbus.   This should be interesting (I think...or perhaps I was doing her a favor??).

    John H.  
       
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