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Zheng He (Discovery)

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Michael Yamashita , Gianni Guadalupi




Before the legendary explorations of Christopher Columbus, Vasco da Gama, and Ferdinand Magellan, Admiral Zheng He sailed from Ming-dynasty China, and in 28 years, made seven voyages visiting 30 countries. With his fleet of hundreds of junks, he traveled from Southeast Asia to Africa, from India to the Middle East, gathering riches, scientific knowledge, fame, and power for his emperor. He came close to conquering the world, until the Ming Dynasty's power shriveled and the explorer's accomplishments were all but forgotten. More than six centuries after his first voyage, acclaimed photographer Michael Yamashita restores the deeds of the "Forgotten Admiral" to their rightful place in history. In this compelling tribute to Zheng He, Yamashita traces each of his journeys and pays homage to the impressive achievements of this explorer whose feats equal or surpass those of other better-known explorers. In a meticulous visual recreation that has become his signature style, Yamashita presents the details of each voyage, chronicling the interactions and commercial exchanges, and documenting, through his exceptional photographs, the diverse locales Zheng He discovered in nearly three decades of intense exploration.


Michael Yamashita has combined his two passions—photography and travel—as a regular contributor to National Geographic since 1979. He has received numerous awards, including the National Press Photographers Association Pictures of the Year Competition, and an award from the New York Art Director's Club. He is the author of Marco Polo (White Star, 2005). Gianni Guadalupi has worked for many years compiling anthologies on literature pertaining to travel. He has written numerous books on the culture of travel for White Star.



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Amazon.com: 5つ星のうち 3.5  4 件のカスタマーレビュー
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5つ星のうち 3.0 Great Pictures, not much content 2007/8/6
By George D. Klein, author, Dissensions - (Amazon.com)
I bought the book because I had only recently learned of Zeng He's major voyages. I was expecting not just excellent moden photographs, but also recovered ancient Chinese prints illustrating the expeditions and boat design. No shipwrite pictures of the plans or design of the ships were included. Moreover, the book fails to answer how such huge ships managed to sail without tipping over? How deep was the ship's draft? This is not a trivial issue because the ships as illustrated sailed "high" and some sort of deep hold or large keel had to stablize these ships. The only glimpse of this is a picture of a large rudder. Perhaps all these details were lost due to the demise of the Chinese fleet after the death of Zeng He's patron, the emporor. Nevertheless, that issue should have been addressed and it wasn't.

The narrative is part history, part colloquiual culture, part legend, part 'tall tales' (some stereotyped) about the customs of the lands visited by Zheng He and part personal observations and reminiscences by the author. Very little reference material was provided.

Zeng He clearly was a major explorer and his acocmplishments must have been sizeable given the terrain he visited BEFORE the Spanish, Portugese, Dutch and British arrived in the Indian and western and southestern Pacific oceans. In my view, this book trivilizes his remarkable accomplishments.
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5つ星のうち 1.0 Picture Book, Not History 2008/10/30
By ROBIN MCCALL - (Amazon.com)
This book was a disappointment to me, because it contains very little history of Zheng He. It is almost entirely a picture book of the modern places he visited.
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5つ星のうち 5.0 Chinese goodwill fleet of Zheng He 2012/10/1
By Walter W. Ko - (Amazon.com)
This is a beautiful photo-journalist book that traced Chinese Navigator Admiral Zheng He seven voyages. The ports and the livelihood changed more or less since the Chinese visit. Each chapter gives a few pages of text to help readers understand the historical background. The pictures are impressive from sea and air along the Chinese routes from Asia to Africa. This powerful Chinese fleet with men and power gained the hearts and minds of South-east Asian people who still remember and honor him with respect for good fortune. For a more detail story on Admiral Zheng He, check the suggested book lists.

It is interesting to read the authors had the vision of meeting Zheng He and his fleet at the 2008 Beijing Olympic opening ceremony even this book was published in 2005. No doubt, China in Ming Dynasty was the riches and most powerful empire in the world (p.17) Zheng He was a good will ambassador to bring peace and harmony to the countries he visited even he had the power to conquer and colonize. In the West, history told of the great navigators were Spanish, Italian and British. Why forgot this great pioneer world explorer with accurate maps?

This is a good and heavy book in photos and weight to enjoy and learn of this great Chinese navigator in world history.
Zheng He: China and the Oceans in the Early Ming Dynasty, 1405-1433 (Library of World Biography Series)1421: The Year China Discovered America (P.S.)
1434: The Year a Magnificent Chinese Fleet Sailed to Italy and Ignited the Renaissance (P.S.)When China Ruled the Seas: The Treasure Fleet of the Dragon Throne, 1405-1433
5つ星のうち 5.0 A beautiful photo book that offers a great historical story 2014/1/27
By Neale - (Amazon.com)
Michael Yamashita is a national geographic photographer who searched out all the places Zheng He traveled to and offers great detail in text and photos. He has also made a video which is worth searching out. For those who don't know Zheng He is the Chinese Columbus, who sailed 70 years ahead of him, exploring and trading in Southeast Asia, India, the Arabian Peninsula and part of East Africa. Quite a story
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