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1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus

4 Ratings: 4.5
A book by Charles C. Mann

1491is not so much the story of a year, as of what that year stands for: the long-debated (and often-dismissed) question of what human civilization in the Americas was like before the Europeans crashed the party. The history books most Americans were … see full wiki

Author: Charles C. Mann
Genre: History
Publisher: Knopf
Date Published: October 10, 2006
4 reviews about 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before...
review by . December 19, 2005
Charles C. Mann does a masterful job of pulling together contemporary theories of the Americas before Columbus. He does it in an accessible style so even the unsophisticated layperson can enjoy this wonderful exposition.      Much to his credit, Mann does not indulge (at least not to a significant extent) in the current fancy for political correctness. The Americas were not an Eden before the arrival of the Europeans, a fact well-known before revisionism swept academia. Life …
review by . February 27, 2006
Mann's fascinating exploration of pre-Columbian America finds a very different world than the one we learned about in high school - and the one still taught to students today. Rather than a sparsely populated land of stone-age tribes in North America, with a few higher but declining civilizations in South America, Mann describes a thriving mix of technologically adroit cultures with a population possibly larger than Europe's.     As convincing as it is revelatory, science writer …
review by . August 21, 2005
"1491" is destined to become a much-debated history of pre-Columbian America. Already being called "revisionist" by some and "revolutionary" by others, it certainly is not "your father's history of Native Americans" (who were called "Indians" by your father's generation, anyway).    Those who complain of scant primary support don't understand historiography of pre-historic history. By it's very nature and name, the historian of such societies much rely on more ancillary research …
review by . August 18, 2005
I was excited about this book for a while, yet, particularly after disappointment with 1421's overblown claims, I was skeptical that its initial claims would be supported by hard evidence. Instead, I found that Mann has clearly done his homework to produce a brilliant book describing the lost chapters of American history.    Mann's (and the researchers he cites) basic argument is clear: conventional history on American Indians is stale, often relying on faulty, static, or even …
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