Thus, when academic historians began attacking Gavin Menzies for his assertion that the Chinese had explored the world long before the representatives of Western Civilization, I was prepared to jump into the fray. I began by reading his two books, 1421: The Year That China Discovered America, and 1434: The Year That A Magnificent Chinese Fleet Sailed to Italy and Ignited the Renaissance. The titles alone are enough to boil the blood in any academic historian, and I wasn't impressed by their assertions that Menzies had it all wrong simply because he lacked the academic chops to be making such assertions.
Gavin Menzies looked past political history and studied the evidence as a sailor would. He examined the charts and applied his knowledge of seafaring as he had learned and practiced it as a serving officer in the British Navy. As a fellow sailor, I saw the common sense in his train of thought and believe that his hypotheses deserve further study, and that the dismissal of his work by academic historians is far more suspect than his writings.
Read Jack's novel, Rebels on the Mountain, the tale of Nick Andrews, an Army spy, who has Fidel Castro in his sights but no orders to pull the trigger. The mafia as well as the American business community in Cuba will pay a fortune for Castro's assassination, but Nick has his career to consider, his friends to protect, and a romance to sort out in the chaos of a revolution.