1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus

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Vintage Books, 2006 - 541 páginas

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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I thought this was a really excellent book, it reminded me a little of Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies but I think I liked it better actually. Mann really gets into what the ... Ler crítica na íntegra

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Procura do Utilizador  - Al - Goodreads

The author presents very interesting evidence about the state of the 'New World' prior to the entry of the Europeans in 1492 and thereafter. He presents significant data that contradicts much of what has been written in the past. Ler crítica na íntegra

Índice

A View from Above
3
Why Billington Survived
35
In the Land of Four Quarters
71
Pleistocene Wars
155
Cotton or Anchovies and Maize Tales of
197
Made in America
277
The Great Law of Peace
379
Acknowledgments
415
io The Artificial Wilderness 360
466
Bibliography
471
Index
533
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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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