1491 (Second Edition): New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus (Google eBook)

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Random House LLC, Oct 10, 2006 - History - 541 pages
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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 it 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 a transformative new look at a rich and fascinating world we only thought we knew.




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After reading "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" by Dee Brown, I admittedly rekindled my obsession with Native Americans. "1491" is not a book for the faint of heart but it is well worth the work it will ... Read full review

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Kind of jumps around a lot but a lot of great information that is rarely, if ever, covered in history classes. Give it a read and learn something new. Read full review

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Contents

A View from Above
3
Why Billington Survived 35
37
ln the Land of Four Quarters
71
Frequently Asked Questions
111
Pleistocene Wars 155
157
Cotton or Anchovies and Maize Tales of
197
Made in America
277
Amazonia
319
IO The Artificial Wilderness
360
The Great Law of Peace
379
Acknowledgments
415
Bibliography
471
Index 533
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Copyright

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About the author (2006)

Charles C. Mann is a correspondent for Science and The Atlantic Monthly, and has co-written four previous books including Noah’s Choice: The Future of Endangered Species and The Second Creation. A three-time National Magazine Award finalist, he has won awards from the American Bar Association, the Margaret 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.


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