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On Savage Shores by Caroline Dodds Pennock
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On Savage Shores not only changes how we think about the first contact between America and Europe but also sets the methodological standard for a new way of understanding the origin of the modern world.” —New York Review of Books

On Savage Shores is a work of historical recovery . . . few books make as compelling a case for such a reimagining” —David Olusoga, Guardian, Book of the Day

“In On Savage Shores, Dodds Pennock has performed a monumental work of historical excavation. Beautifully written and painstakingly researched, this is first-rate scholarship” ―Suzannah Lipscomb, Financial Times

“A thrilling, beautifully written and important book that changes how we look at transatlantic history, finally placing Indigenous peoples not on the side-lines but at the centre of the narrative. Highly recommended.” Peter Frankopan

“Dodds Pennock’s unpeeling of the indigenous experience from obscure manuscripts . . . is a much-needed and refreshing take on our all-too Eurocentric telling of the past” ―Andrea Wulf, The Times of London

On Savage Shores is mind-blowing, and it’s an important contribution to struggle for a fair and more balanced telling of history – I felt genuinely enlightened. Dodds Pennock is a truth teller of the highest order, and a first class communicator. This is how history should be told” —Benjamin Zephaniah

On Savage Shores offers a welcome non-Eurocentric narrative about how the great civilisations of the Americas discovered Europe . . . an important book” ―The Independent

“An untold story of colonial history, both epic and intimate, and a thrilling revelation, not about the invasion of the Americas by Europeans, but the journeys of Indigenous people to Europe. Caroline Dodds Pennock is the perfect guide, cannily and eloquently shifting the axis of global history away from its Eurocentric grip” —Adam Rutherford

“Caroline Dodds Pennock’s utterly original book is chock full of remarkable stories . . . there is much to enjoy in this unusual history of a forgotten corner of our past” ―Daily Mail

“Deftly weaves diverse and fascinating tales of the exciting adventures, complex diplomatic missions, voyages of discovery, triumphant incursions, and heartbreaking exploitations – of the many thousands of Indigenous travellers to new lands. Essential reading for anyone interested in how the events of the “Age of Exploration” shaped the modern world” —Jennifer Raff, author of Origin

“Inspiring and important . . . Expertly researched, convincingly argued, erudite yet readable, and introduces new readers to the reality of Indigenous American experience” History Today

“Caroline Dodds Pennock offers a remarkably fresh and compelling account of the so-called Age of Discovery. Whether arriving as ambassadors or enslaved, these travellers experienced Europe as a new and disorienting world: a place of shocking violence and perplexing social norms. Pennock, a leading authority on Indigenous Mexico, tells their stories with insight and humanity. A must read” — Brett Rushforth, author of Bonds of Alliance

“Pennock has pieced together hundreds of fragments to create a new and remarkable portrait of the travellers who crossed the Atlantic not to the Americas but from them, and who found in Europe a strange, often hostile, sometimes intriguing society, vastly different from their own” —Catherine Fletcher, author of The Beauty and the Terror

“[A] fascinating and fluidly written revisionist history . . . This innovative and powerful account breaks down long-standing historical assumptions” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review

“An impressive and consequential act of research and interpretation that consistently acknowledges the profound and ongoing . . . fissure caused to indigenous identities by colonisation, enslavement, violence and displacement.” ―Geographical

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