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1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus | [Charles C. Mann]

1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus

In this riveting, accessible work of science, Charles Mann takes us on an enthralling journey of scientific exploration. We learn that the Indian development of modern corn was one of the most complex feats of genetic engineering ever performed. That the Great Plains are a third smaller today than they were in 1700 because the Indians who maintained them by burning died. And that the Amazon rain forest may be largely a human artifact.
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Publisher's Summary

Based on the latest scientific findings, this breakthrough book argues that most of what we thought we knew about the Americas before Columbus was wrong.

In the last 20 years, archaeologists and anthropologists equipped with new scientific techniques have made far-reaching discoveries about the Americas. For example, Indians did not cross the Bering Strait 12,000 years ago, as most of us learned in school. They were already here. Their numbers were vast, not few. And instead of living lightly on the land, they managed it beautifully and left behind an enormous ecological legacy.

In this riveting, accessible work of science, Charles Mann takes us on an enthralling journey of scientific exploration. We learn that the Indian development of modern corn was one of the most complex feats of genetic engineering ever performed. That the Great Plains are a third smaller today than they were in 1700 because the Indians who maintained them by burning died. And that the Amazon rain forest may be largely a human artifact.

Compelling and eye-opening, this book has the potential to vastly alter our understanding of our history and change the course of today's environmental disputes.

©2005 Charles C. Mann; (P)2005 HighBridge Company

What the Critics Say

"Johnson renders this thoroughly researched, well-written history of early North and South American Indian populations in a strong, clear voice, with excellent intonation. His diction is almost too perfect." (Publishers Weekly)
"Mann's 1491 vividly compels us to re-examine how we teach the ancient history of the Americas and how we live with the environmental consequences of colonization." (The Washington Post Book World)

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    Don Charlevoix, MI, USA 11-06-05
    Don Charlevoix, MI, USA 11-06-05
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    "Where did all the Indians go?"

    1491 is a 9-disc book, which says that what we learned about the Indians in school is wrong. Charles C. Mann reviews recent findings and says that an advance civilization was wipe out with the introduction of small pox. Mann believes that the Indians were in the ?new? world tens of thousands of years earlier than we were taught. 1491 was a interesting and presented a series of new theories of what the Americas were like prior to Columbus.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Pierce 06-28-09
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    "1491? Not really"

    By far the bulk of the book is dedicated bashing both Spanish and English Anerica, well over a century post-Columbian.
    Nothing new to be found here.

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    Daniel San Antonio, TX, USA 12-09-05
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    Too wordy, jumping around, it lost me

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