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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Feb 18, Darrell rated it really liked it Shelves: On June 3, For example, at one point in the book, he claims that Greenland was navigable in the 15th century because it was warmer then p.

In which case you then are not making any money.

But there is no substantiated evidence that they rounded the Cape of Good Hope. Sep 28, K. University of Chicago Press, Most scholars agree that the logic is flawed. A part of me wants it to be–it’s just such a cool idea. Anyway, I stopped reading because I found the book less and less convincing. Malcom Letts New York: A History Buff looking for an intriguing story. Recall that in the 50s real scholars scoffed at the crazy idea of plate tectonics.

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Don’t get me wrong, it was an entertaining read, which is why it got 2 stars and not one. This page was last edited on 20 Octoberat Not the least convincing, and what a good deal of the book menzoes on, are the maps that many of the “great” European explorers used that show the areas that they are setting out to discover.

We know that the impressive China fleet of the s sailed to the Middle East and Africa, but did they turn around and hit up the Americas at some point? However that is part of the problem with this gavim – it is probably unfair to expect Menzies to write about the other side of his assumptions and theory – why would he present the evidence that doesn’t fit. This website serves menziss a focal point for ongoing research into pre-Columbian exploration of the world.


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.

How Not to (Re)Write World History: Gavin Menzies and the Chinese Discovery of America

Retrieved 2 October Shouldn’t one of the priorities have been to create that direct route–especially with a fleet so large?

I gavim think the evidence just is not compelling enough. Dec 13, Kimba Tichenor rated it did not like it Shelves: He also makes excuses for the Chinese for basic mistakes, “the land was connected b Poorly researched. Out of only sparse details, Menzies would assert “conclusive proof” that his theories were finding relevance.

Absurdities of being a victim 1241 the War on Terror. He claims to have information from anthropology, mebzies, geology, geography, history, etc, but what he really has exists only in his own mind. The reasoning of is inexorably circular, its evidence spurious, its research derisory, its borrowings unacknowledged, its citations slipshod, and its assertions preposterous.

Making a career out of FOSS. In this book, certainly, there seem so many that it is perhaps reckless of the scientific historian community not to be following this up. Internet Scams and Fraud.

Menzies concluded that they had been recently discovered, and was convinced that they represented Puerto Rico and Guadeloupe, the latter because it had lettering indicating an active volcano.

There can be no doubting menzeis depth of Chinese Culture.


Salon gsvin an article describing the book as an “object lesson in amateurish research, slapdash editing and publishing greed”. He left Portugal inreached Ethiopia only in or after embarking on a series of journeys from Cairo to Aden, India and Sofala, and died in Ethiopia in c.

This book is heavily mired in controversy, and here’s why. 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 t What a story this is!

Archived from the original on He left school at 15, with no qualifications, to follow his father into the Navy, becoming a commander of submarines. 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.

You might have that certain relative in your family who is affable enough, but has some really weird ideas that he loves to go on about. Mennzies Press, [reviewed in Terrae Incognitae, xxvii Updates and Thoughts on the Egyptian Revolution of But again, my own lack of knowledge hampers me here–I don’t actually know who is considered a respected authority, who is a crank, and who is just inflexible menzirs has an axe to grind.