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    DescriptionIn 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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    Title
    1491
    Subtitle
    New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Charles C Mann
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 541
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 201 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 522 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781400032051
    ISBN 10: 1400032059
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    B&T Approval Code: A15601800
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    LC classification: E61 .M266 2011
    Thema V1.0: NHTB, NHK, JBSL11
    Illustrations note
    HALFTONES THROUGHOUT
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Random House Inc
    Publication date
    18 August 2007
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    "A journalistic masterpiece." "--The New York Review of Books" "Marvelous. . . . A sweeping portrait of human life in the Americas before the arrival of Columbus. . . . A remarkably engaging writer." "--The New York Times Book Review" "Fascinating. . . . A landmark of a book that drops ingrained images of colonial American into the dustbin, one after the other." "--The Boston Globe" "A ripping, man-on-the-ground tour of a world most of us barely intuit. . . . An exhilarating shift in perspective. . . . "1491" erases our myth of a wilderness Eden. It replaces that fallacy with evidence of a different genesis, exciting and closer to true." "--The Cleveland Plain Dealer" "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" "Engagingly written and utterly absorbing. . . . Part detective story, part epic and part tragedy." "--The Miami Herald " "Provocative. . . . A Jared Diamond-like volley that challenges prevailing thinking about global development. Mann has chronicled an important shift in our vision of world development, one out young children could end up studying in their text books when they reach junior high." "--San Francisco Chronicle " "Marvelous. . . . A revelation. . . . Our concept of pure wilderness untouched by grubby human hands must now be jettisoned." "--The New York Sun " "Monumental. . . . Mann slips in so many fresh, new interpretations of American history that it all adds up to a deeply subversive work." "--Salon " "Concise and brilliantly entertaining. . . . Reminiscent of John McPhee's eloquence with scientific detail." "--Los Angeles Times "
    Table of contents
    List of Maps Preface INTRODUCTION / Holmberg’s Mistake 1. A View from Above PART ONE / Numbers from Nowhere? 2. Why Billington Survived 3. In the Land of Four Quarters 4. Frequently Asked Questions PART TWO / Very Old Bones 5. Pleistocene Wars 6. Cotton (or Anchovies) and Maize (Tales of Two Civilizations, Part I) 7. Writing, Wheels, and Bucket Brigades (Tales of Two Civilizations, Part II) PART THREE / Landscape with Figures 8. Made in America 9. Amazonia 10. The Artificial Wilderness 11. The Great Law of Peace Appendixes A. Loaded Words B. Talking Knots C. The Syphilis Exception D. Calendar Math Acknowledgments Notes Bibliography Index From the Hardcover edition.