Over the Edge of the World.
Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe
by Laurence Bergreen. This was a really good book that was my Spring Break read this year. The
book definitely lived up to its title. The book detailed the international politics (dominance of
the trade routes in the 16th Century was the equivalent of the nuclear arms race in the
20th) and the personal dangers faced by the circumnavigation effort (dangerous seas,
mutinies, inquisitions at sea, cannibals, sharks, scurvy, etc.).
This would be a great choice for a bookclub. The author puts the circumnavigation of the globe (which Magellan did not complete, even though 1 out of his 5 ships did) in both the perspective of the the 16th Century as well as the ripple effects it had going forward.
It's ~400 pages. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes a good adventure story. It's hard to write fiction that is as good as real history.