América: The Epic Story of Spanish North America, 1493-1898

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Bloomsbury Publishing
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6.4 X 1.7 X 9.4 inches | 2.1 pounds
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About the Author

Dr. Robert Goodwin is an Honorary Research Fellow at University College London. His two trade books, Crossing the Continent 1527-1540: The Story of the First African-American Explorer of the American South and Spain: The Centre of the World 1519-1682, were published to critical acclaim. He appears on Spanish radio and TV and writes for Spanish newspapers. He lives between London and Seville, where he regularly conducts archival research


"The events and people who figure in these pages of centuries-spanning history are mostly well-known, from Cortés and Cabeza de Vaca to the Alamo, but the author's great strength is to give them layers of meaning that warrant a fresh look . . . recommended for any student of American history." --Kirkus Reviews

"[Goodwin and Gibson] write with verve and can be read with pleasure . . . Goodwin, who revels in set pieces, has the edge in evoking historical personalities, particularly swashbuckling characters. . . a rattling good story." - The New York Review of Books

"Two new histories on a subject important to New Mexicans - indeed, to all Americans - are monumental in their scope, accessible and enlightening in their narratives. . . One history is Robert Goodwin's 'América.' " - The Albuquerque Journal

"Goodwin adopts a page-turning style to convey the sheer magnitude of Spain in this period." --Library Journal on SPAIN

"A highly readable account of the birth of the first global superpower." --The Economist on SPAIN

"A bright, wide-ranging chronicle of the golden age of the Spanish empire . . . Any student of the Renaissance should read this excellent work showing Spain's enormous impact on the arts and, with her vast American empire, the world." --Kirkus Reviews on SPAIN, "Best Books of 2015"

"This is history as it should be but so rarely is. It is told through lives lived, written out of passion, as well as deep knowledge. Goodwin makes English dance a flamenco; sometimes his prose whirls like a Dervish; sometimes it cuts like a surgeon's knife; it is never dull, though it knows when it needs to be measured." --David Starkey on SPAIN

"What distinguishes Goodwin from other historians of the period is the sheer multiplicity of his perspectives. He is erudite and concise in covering familiar ground, while full of original insight when it comes to the motives and actions of the key players . . . [I]t is not enough to bring truth to history. One must also bring life--and this book has it in golden abundance." --The Spectator on SPAIN