1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus


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Titel en schrijver
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, Charles C. Mann
ISBN nr.
Uitgeverij, drukjaar en drukversie
Vintage Books, 2006, 1e druk
Paperback of hardcover
Aantal pagina’s
Taal en categorie
Engels, Geschiedenis & Politiek
Korte samenvatting
In this groundbreaking work of science, history, and archaeology, Charles C. Mann radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of Columbus in 1492. Contrary to what so many Americans learn in school, the pre-Columbian Indians were not sparsely settled in a pristine wilderness; rather, there were huge numbers of Indians who actively molded and influenced the land around them. The astonishing Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan had running water and immaculately clean streets, and was larger than any contemporary European city. Mexican cultures created corn in a specialized breeding process that has been called man’s first feat of genetic engineering. Indeed, Indians were not living lightly on the land but were landscaping and manipulating their world in ways that we are only now beginning to understand. Challenging and surprising, this is a transformative new look at a rich and fascinating world we only thought we knew.
Over de auteur
Charles C. Mann is a correspondent for Science and The Atlantic Monthly, and has cowritten four previous books, including Noah’s Choice: The Future of Endangered Species and The Second Creation: Makers of the Revolution in  Twentieth-Century Physics. A three-time National Magazine Award finalist, he has won awards from the American Bar Association, the Margeret Sanger Foundation, the American Institute of Physics, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, among others. His writing was twice selected for both The Best American Science Writing and The Best American Science and Nature Writing. He lives with his wife and their children in Amherst, Massachusetts.
‘Eminently evenhanded and engaging. . . . Mann’s colorful commentary sets the right tone: scholarly but hip.’ –St. Petersburg Times

‘Concise and brilliantly entertaining. . . . Reminiscent of John Mcphee’s eloquence with scientific detail and Jared Diamond’s paradigm-shifting ambition. . . .Makes me think of history in a new way.’ –Jim Rossi, Los Angeles Times

‘Mann tells a powerful, provocative and important story. . . . 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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