I'm a junky for this kind of stuff, and after reading 1491 a few years back, I instantly bought 1493 when I saw it. Charles C Mann has an incredible knack for finding facts that are not only fascinating, but tell a story extremely well.
While 1491 focused in the Americas before Columbus, 1493 focuses on "the Columbian exchange". Basically the beginning of globalization. The connecting of two worlds and the profound impact it had on both hemispheres. Full of well done analysis, and enough amazing factoids to impress your friends at parties, this book is pure gold and Spanish silver, with Inca potatoes, and tomatoes on top, wrapped in a maize tortilla, seasoned with some Peruvian seabird guano. Delicious!
Top notch narration, too.
The information about the "Columbian Exchange" in all its complexity is presented in interesting and well-documented detail.
n/a This is a work of historical and geographical analysis, synthesis, and interpretation.
No--although I look forward to listening each time I pick it up.
As non-fiction goes, this book is easy to follow and remember. There is a fair amount of repetition but that aids the listener; references to future chapters are helpful.
I have been quoting information I have learned and have recommended this book to others since the day I began to listen to it.
Well-researched with interesting details.
Annoying pompous tone and bad pronunciation--whoever pronounces the Qing dynasty as "king" dynasty?
Yes; not sure
1493 is more world focused than 1491 and that's probably what makes it feel so much more unfocused than Charles Mann's original. However, that doesn't turn out to be a bad thing just a different thing.
I enjoyed it as much I did 1491, but differently.
Also, the audionbook narration is well within the bounds of acceptable. I did find that playing it on "faster" rather than "normal" on my iPod went down better (though I usually listen to books at normal speed).
Fascinating material...and you can never go wrong with Robertson Dean.
What happened to the audible edition of Mann's prequel, 1491? It appears to no longer be available for sale through audible.com.
I like book when they are read... To me with different voices for all the characters... By a talented author. ~Haiku
It seems like the author said everything he had to say in the first book 1491 and cashed-in on this one... filling in the gaps with hyperbole and pretentious narrative.
read the dead tree of 1491 which is one of my favourite books ever. was excited to see this one available on audible. of course it would be impossible to duplicate the charms of the first, because the subject matter can only be drastically different.
interesting story of international politics and trade. being entirely unfamiliar with world events of this period aside from some basic of north america and europe myself, I found the details hard to follow, but that's my deficit, not the author's. I might try relistening sometime in an attempt to retain more information.
I have to say that I found the author's attitude toward indigenous people less sympathetic than in 1491. I'd be interested to know what the reason for this is. different editor? for example, be describes at length a mission into the Amazon by one of his ancestors as tragic because of the deaths of some Europeans, but does not seem to be as bothered by much greater losses of indigenous lives in the same time and place. if I didn't know better I wouldn't guess it was the same author as 1491. but these attitudes are tragically common and any reader interested in such histories will likely be used to disregarding these attitudes and reading between the lines, unfortunately. the stories contained here are worth looking past this fault.
Feel like I have been with Audible since the beginning, I listened to books about 2 hours a day and love each and every minute!
I think that 1493 is the best nonfiction book in my collection and my collection is 200+ titles. It intrigues the reader immediately and makes us question our narrow Western historical perspective. World historical context makes this book relevant and informative without the cultural bias that comes to too many historians.
The chapters on China and the effects of the Columbian Exchange were inspiring. The Ming dynasty topic was among my favourite.
I really like the choice in narration, it was never monotoned or boring, the reader gave inflection that pumped life into the material.
I was disarmed a bit by the views on colonization, the extent that the aboriginal and colonist relationship was examined, made me seriously rethink my prior stance.