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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I really wanted to like this book. After wondering if this guy was a fraud, I checked out the reviews on here and found many people wondering the same thing I was. The next controversial issue is the claim that, after completing their political and trading business, the huge Chinese fleets proceeded down the east coast of Africa and rounded the Cape of Good Hope, thus enabling them to set off on the astounding voyages of discovery described by Menzies.

The total comes to 7, gallons of desalinated seawater every day. For example, there mnezies plenty of written and physical evidence that the Chinese were trading and sailing to the East African coast. There’s even an assertion that Navajo elders understand Chinese conversation, and an assertion that the Peruvian village name Chanchan must be Chinese because it sounds at least to him like “Canton”.

I suspect it doesn’t matter to Gavin Menzies.

Did the Chinese beat Columbus to America?

Oct 30, Rob rated it really menzjes it Recommends it for: The only problem I had with the book is that it gets repetitious towards the end, especially the epilogue that I found unnecessary since it just restates evidence from earlier in the book. It is sad though that Menzies had to delve into the realms of pseudo-science, and held on to outrageous claims that lack evidence, such as: From time to time he admits there might be other reasons for something he finds, but little time is spent bothering with them because his gavvin is obviously correct.


But, this book, which offers extensive evidence that the Chinese were sailing the entire world long before either the Portuguese or Columbus was essentially complete news to me.

For some reason, when I read non-fiction, I gavvin asleep, no matter how interesting the subject matter.

But at the same time, this just seems too good to be true. Imagine my surprise when my child, who is a homeschooler entering fourth grade, was reading a book that asserted that the Chinese discovered the Americas and influenced Maya civilization! Social Media Facebook Twitter Rss.

He also brings his narrative to life by recounting his own experiences in places visited by the fleets of Zheng He, including savoring rum toddies and roast lobster on Guadeloupe beaches, braving the dangers of the Great Barrier Reef of Australia, and rounding the Cape of Good Hope into the South Atlantic. Burton rated it did not like it Shelves: Their five-storey north London home has become the hub of the history machine, with an entire room given over to files of evidence jenzies the top floor and a team of four graduates working full-time in the basement.

While Menzies cites Needham a number of times, he fails to do so on a number of matters, including on contrasts between Menzise and Europe as reflected in the voyages of Zheng He and those of Europeans pp. Rowan Gavin Paton Menzies born 14 August [1] is a British author and retired submarine lieutenant-commander who has written books promoting claims that the Chinese sailed to America before Columbus.

Of course there is not any historian that wants to make any money “theorizing” unless you are First off, I will start off by saying that I do NOT believe the Chinese beat the Europeans to the New World.

There was a fire which destroyed the Forbidden City. A man of Menzies’ age and experience should have realized that all civilizations have it within them to commit do in indigenous peoples–the marginalization of Tibetan and Uighur language and culture and the disappearance already of a distinct Manchu people stand as proof that the Chinese are no exception.

The Year China Discovered America by Gavin Menzies

View all 11 comments. Perhaps the silliest Peruvian connection is between Chinese “qipu” and Quechua “quipu”; Menzies seemingly doesn’t understand that “q” represents a completely different sound in each language.


The preponderance of evidence not only turns accepted European history and world history on its head, but also makes one wonder about the question the author poses as to whether or not we could be speaking Chinese now, rather than English, and have Buddhism as the dominant world religion, as well as my own personal question: Comments 1 Sabrina says: Rockwood Conservation Area, Southern Ontario.

At any rate, arrive at this conclusion he did, and spent the next fourteen years trying to put flesh on its rather insubstantial bones! This is obvious from the outset – he even states it up front, and makes no apology for it.

Menzies, 71, could have anointed his bruises, pulled up his stumps and gone to live in Venice on the proceeds ofsatisfied that his revisionist view of history had at least got a good airing.

Pseudoscience: Gavin Menzies: The Year China Discovered The World | The Baheyeldin Dynasty

He says two things are almost identical when they are not. And that’s just to start. It is impossible to keep track of how many self-confirming assumptions are at work in such citations of alleged evidence. Dec 16, jerome rated it it was amazing. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Gavib may have been guided gavon this view by the fact that he had spent the first five years of his life in China, had made several subsequent visits to that country, and had served seventeen years in the Royal Navy where he had acquired considerable knowledge and experience of ocean navigation especially in the Southern Hemisphere.