1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created

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Vintage Books, 2012 - History - 690 pages
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"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"--
  

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Really interesting, good research and writing. - Goodreads
Nice coverage of the 'Columbian Exchange.' - Goodreads
A good overview of the beginnings of globalization. - Goodreads
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Good writing, good history. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Bill - Goodreads

Not sure how to rate this one. I loved 1491 and have been meaning to read this since it was published. There is a lot of interesting history here, but two things made me enjoy it a lot less than 1491 ... Read full review

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User Review  - MG - Goodreads

EXCELLENT. I liked this even more than 1491, which I would also give 5 stars. Mann is a great writer and story teller... not only did I learn and understand a lot of information from this book, it was ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION In the Homogenocene
6
The Tobacco Coast
51
Evil Air
99
PART TWO Pacificjourneys
210
The AgroIndustrial Complex
253
Black Gold
304
Crazy Soup
359
In Bulalacao
491
Appendixes
511
Acknowledgments
523
Forest of Fugitives 421
585
Works Cited
593
Index
661
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

Charles C. Mann, a correspondent for The Atlantic, Science, and Wired, has written for Fortune, The New York Times, Smithsonian, Technology Review, Vanity Fair, and The Washington Post, as well as for the TV network HBO and the series Law & Order. A three-time National Magazine Award finalist, he is the recipient of writing awards from the American Bar Association, the American Institute of Physics, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Lannan Foundation. His 1491 won the National Academies Communication Award for the best book of the year.

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