Books About Columbus & the Age of Discovery

Posted on March 15, 2012. Filed under: The Walker Library |

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This list of books from my library was compiled as I researched Christopher Columbus and the discovery of America. As a child in grade school, probably about 6-7 yrs. old, I built a very simple model, from a kit, of Columbus’ flagship, the Santa Maria. I read many children’s books about explorers, discoveries, and adventures of all kinds, which later led me to a deep love for the study of history.


         Bailyn, Davis, Donald, Thomas, The Great Republic, A History of the American People. D.C. Heath and Company:Lexington,Mass. 1977 (1267pp. see chapter 1.)

        Bennet, William J. America, The Last Best Hope Volume I: From the Age of Discovery to a World at War. Nelson Current:Nashville, TN. 2006 (573pp. especially Chapter 1: “Westward the Course 1492-1607”.)

          Boorstin, Daniel J. The Discoverers: A History of Man’s Search To Know His World and Himself. Vintage Books:New York, 1983 (745pp.)

        Boyer, Clark, Kett, The Enduring Vision: A History of the American People. D.C. Heath and Company:Lexington,Mass. 1990 (1159pp. see chapter 1 “The New and Old Worlds”.)

        Cohen, J.M., editor. The Four Voyages of Christopher Columbus. Penguin Classics:New York, 1969 (320pp.)

        Coleman, R.V. The First Frontier, A History of How America Began. Castle Books:Edison,N.J. 2005. Originally published by Charles Scribner’s Sons in 1948. (458pp.)

            Columbus, Christopher; Fuson, Robert H. editor/translator. The Log of Christopher Columbus. International Marine Publishing Company:Camden,Maine 1492/1987 (252pp.)

            Diamond, Jared. Guns, Germs, and Steel, The Fates of Human Societies, updated. W.W. Norton & Company: New York 2005, originally 1997, (518pp.) Winner of the Pulitzer Prize.

            _____________. Collapse: How Societies Choose To Fail Or Succeed. Viking:New York, 2005 (575pp.)

            Dugard, Martin. The Last Voyage of Columbus. Little, Brown and Company:New York, 2005 (294pp.)

            Elliot, J.H. Empires of the Atlantic World, Britain and Spain in America 1492-1830.YaleUniversity Press:New Haven,CT. 2006 (546pp.)

            Gunn, Giles; editor. Early American Writing. Penguin Classics:New York, 1994 (pp.26-31 deal withColumbus).

            Johnson, Paul. A History of the American People. HarperCollins Publishers:New York, 1997 (1088pp.)

            Kagan, Ozment, and Turner. The Western Heritage, Eighth Edition, Combined Volume. Pearson-Prentice Hall:Upper Saddle River,New Jersey 2004 (1120pp. especially chapter 10.)

            Mann, Charles C. 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus. Alfred A. Knopf:New York, 2005 (509pp.)

            Meinig, D.W. The Shaping of America, A Geographical Perspective On 500 Years Of History, Volume 1, Atlantic America, 1492-1800. YaleUniversity Press:New Haven,CT 1986 (500pp.)

            Menzies, Gavin. 1421 The Year China Discovered America. William Morrow:New York, 2002 (552pp.)

            Morison, Samuel Eliot. Admiral of the Ocean Sea, A Life of Christopher Columbus. Little, Brown and Company:New York, 1942 (680pp.) A Pulitzer Prize Winner and one of the very best biographies I have ever read!

            ___________________. The European Discovery of America: The Northern Voyages.OxfordUniversity Press:New York, 1971 (712pp.)

            ___________________. The European Discovery of America: The Southern Voyages. 1974 (758pp.)

            ___________________. The Oxford History of the American People.OxfordUniversity Press:New York, 1965 (1153pp. but see chapters I-III.)

            Morison, Samuel Eliot; Commager, Henry Steele; and, Leuchtenburg, William E. The Growth of the American Republic, volume one, Sixth Edition, Revised and Enlarged.OxfordUniversity Press:New York, 1969 (921pp. see I-II.)

            Perry, Chase, Jacob&Jacob, Von Laue. Western Civilization, Ideas, Politics, and Society, Eighth Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company:Boston, 2007 (876pp. especially chapters 13-17.)

            Richter, Daniel K. Before the Revolution: America’s Ancient Pasts. The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press:Cambridge,Mass. 2011 (502pp. but see especially chap.3 “Crusades of the Christ-Bearers to theAmericas”.)

            Schweikart, Larry and Allen, Michael. A Patriot’s History of the United States From Columbus’s Great Discovery To The War On Terror. Sentinel:New York, 2004 (928pp. especially Chapter One “The City on the Hill”.)

            Shi, David E. and Mayer, Holly A., editors. For the Record: A Documentary History of America, second edition, volume 1, From Contact Through Reconstruction. W.W. Norton & Company:New York, 2004 (593pp. see chapter 1 “The Collision of Cultures”.)

            Stephens, Alexander H. A Compendium of the History of the United States from the Earliest Settlements to 1872. First published in 1872, this edition published by American Foundation Publications:Bridgewater,VA. 1999 (513pp. chapter 1 “The Discovery ofAmerica”.)

            Thomas, Hugh. Rivers of Gold: The Rise of the Spanish Empire, from Columbus to Magellan. Random House:New York, 2003 (696pp.)


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