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Original Essays | September 15, 2014

Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »

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1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created (Vintage) by Charles C. Mann
1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created (Vintage)

karenf, January 30, 2013

This is an amazing book! It is also an excellent book on tape. Charles Mann writes in a way that evokes a story rather than non-fiction. This book traces the evolution of the world wide cultural exchange that occurred after Columbus landed on Hispanola. It traces the connections between China, Europe and the Americas and shows how disease (specifically malaria and yellow fever), labor issues and native foods (like the sweet potato) shaped how the world became connected. I was very sad to finish this book - people would be more interested in history if everyone wrote like this.
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