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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User Review  - untraveller - LibraryThing

An excellent read that took me over nearly the entirety of the world explaining how C. Columbus' excursion to America resulted in an awesome array of physical and cultural exchange between continents ... Read full review

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User Review  - pbjwelch - LibraryThing

This is a BIG book, and I love big books. By 'big' I mean it takes one subject and then examines it from myriad historical and cultural viewpoints. Author Mann's topic is the Columbian Exchange (hence ... Read full review

Contents

Two Monuments
5
The Tobacco Coast
51
Evil Air
99
Shiploads of Money Silk for Silver Part One
157
Lovesick Grass Foreign Tubers and Jade Rice
210
The AgroIndustrial Complex
251
Black Gold
304
Crazy Soup
359
Forest of Fugitives
421
Io In Bulalacao
491
Appendixes
512
Acknowledgments
523
Works Cited
593
Index
661
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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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