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

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 10 oct. 2006 - 576 pagini

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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Really really good book. It made me angry, though, at how much the history I learned in school got wrong. And it's not as if the stuff talked about wasn't known in the 1970s and 1980s; I think it was just easier to stick to the old tropes. Citește recenzia completă

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Comentariu Utilizator  - quinton.baran - LibraryThing

This book took me quite a bit longer to finish then I had thought it would. I started it off and was reading it quite quickly, but then got bogged down a bit. There is quite a bit of material to ... Citește recenzia completă

Cuprins

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, 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. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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