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1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus

California Girl, January 1, 2011

This is one of the most important and remarkable books I have ever read. Like most residents of the United States, I have been abysmally educated about the many magnificent civilizations that have previously flourished in North, Central, and South America. "1491," an account of what the Western Hemisphere was like on the eve of Columbus's discovery, expanded a thousand-fold my knowledge about and understanding of these civilizations - and, alas, of their destruction by European greed and diseases. An abridged version of this book should be required reading by every high school student in the United States. Not only would it lend us some much-needed humility about where our civilization fits into the history of the Western Hemisphere, but would help us respect the descendants of the pre-Columbian civilizations who live among us.
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