From the author of 1491 - the best-selling study of the pre-Columbian Americas - a deeply engaging new history that explores the most momentous biological event since the death of the dinosaurs.
More than 200 million years ago, geological forces split apart the continents. Isolated from each other, the two halves of the world developed totally different suites of plants and animals. Columbus’s voyages brought them back together - and marked the beginning of an extraordinary exchange of flora and fauna between Eurasia and the Americas. As Charles Mann shows, this global ecological tumult - the “Columbian Exchange” - underlies much of subsequent human history. Presenting the latest generation of research by scientists, Mann shows how the creation of this worldwide network of exchange fostered the rise of Europe, devastated imperial China, convulsed Africa, and for two centuries made Manila and Mexico City - where Asia, Europe, and the new frontier of the Americas dynamically interacted - the center of the world.
In 1493, Charles Mann gives us an eye-opening scientific interpretation of our past, unequaled in its authority and fascination.
©2011 Charles C. Mann (P)2011 Random House Audio
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).
I enjoyed this book very much. Some may say it's similar to Guns, Germs, and Steel but unlike 1493 that that book suffered from Eurocentrism and over simplicity. The only gripe I had was a couple pronunciation issues: pronouncing Qin as 'kin' is one thing but saying 'Edinberg' for 'Edinburgh' is awful!
I read this book a few years ago, and I loved it. I like listening to it because I picked up a few things that I didn't remember from my first read. It tells a great story about how the world became connected in ways I never knew before after Columbus hit the new world. The narrator is very very good, but maybe just a little stilted in his reading. Overall I recommend this book highly to those interested in history.
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.
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