Really enjoyed it. This book makes an excellent pairing with Jared Diamond's "Guns, Germs, and Steel". Diamond's book should be read first since 1491 has newer research.
The information was great, but I wish the narrator had been convinced of that. A strangely flat reading. Kinda 1950s school documentary feel.
Fascinating and enlightening. Full of surprises. Changed my world view. I regret that my education has been missing all of this information. A little incoherent, however. The snippets of information about so many different cultures spark curiosity to learn more, but do not always hang together.
Say something about yourself!
This book does not pass the smell test. The number of adjectives to describe his theories that are everything except real proof are so numerous I started to write them down.
95% of the population died to explain the embarrassment of huge societies losing power to small numbers of Europeans is an absurd assertion with no proof to back it up.
I am sure it was easier to listen to than to read, since it was such dense material.
I already have!
The narrator did his best with such tough material.
what a way to make sure I get my walks in. This way you can move and still be lost in a book.
Learning answers to questions that I have wondered about for years.
Finding out about the massive history of my indigenous ancestors, I knew just a few stories.
He makes everyone human!
I laughed and cried.
I'm ready to hear 1493!!
This is one of the best books I have every been exposed to about Native American History prior to the white invasion. It also explains why the Americas were so easily settled by Europeans and the role of infectious disease
Every one in the Americas should read this book and gain insight to the "transition" from Native Americans to European Settlement