In a new book, retired British Royal Navy commander and amateur historian Gavin Menzies asserts that the Chinese discovered America 70 years before Columbus. Diane talks with him about his research and the controversy surrounding the publication of his book.

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  • Gavin Menzies author, retired British Royal Navy commander, and amateur historian

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