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1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created


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TracyK, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by TracyK)
I really enjoyed this book. I couldn't put it down. It gives a very interesting look at historical events that shaped the world into what it is today. It should be a book that everyone reads. It shows us were we went wrong and we (the reader) should look at today's world and see were history is repeating itself.
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Reader in the Caribbean, January 27, 2012 (view all comments by Reader in the Caribbean)
No Doubt about it, even after having read this book several months ago, I still find myself mentioning it to others. This is the history that rarely makes it into the classroom and very rarely into the popular media. Buy it. Read it. The story of a New Land.....
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Robert Nicol, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by Robert Nicol)
This is a great follow-up to Mr. Mann's earlier novel 1491. Once again Mr. Mann has given us new insight and revelations into how the world was forever changed by contact with the new world. And once again his research is very thorough and spot on. His notes are again voluminous and enlightening. This follow-up book is a little hard slugging in places (i.e sections on malaria, but well worth the time and effort). Once again Mr. Mann opens up new insights and wonders that we never knew about(such as the silver exchange and use to make Chinese coinage and the repercussions thereof throughout Asia and the European Financial system). Overall this is a wonderful and fantastic read for anyone interested in the Whys and Hows of World History and the ever changing face of humanity.
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John D. Berry, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by John D. Berry)
Like it's predecessor "1491," this one gives us a new sense of who we are and how our world really works. The "Columbian Exchange" changed everything, all around the world, and did it much more quickly than we tend to realize. Mann's book is an essential survey of the world we've lived in for the last 500 years.
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An amazing book that puts today's concerns about globalization in an unexpected historical context. Plus ca change ...
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Uncovering the New World Columbus Created (Vintage)
Mann, Charles C.
Knopf Publishing Group
Americas (North Central South West Indies)
World History-General
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"Staff Pick" by ,

As fascinating as his bestseller 1491, Mann's 1493 recounts how the world was forever changed by a "Columbian Exchange," when plants, animals, commodities, and people crossed oceans for the first time. Entertaining and insightful, this scientific history will move you to see the world in an entirely different light.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Having resurrected the isolated splendors of the pre-Columbian Americas in his bestselling 1491, Mann explores the global convergences — and upheavals — inaugurated by their discovery in this fascinating survey of the 'Homogenocene' era. Mann traces the subtle, epochal influences of the intercontinental 'Columbian Exchange' of flora, fauna, commodities, and peoples, showing how European honeybees and earthworms remade New World landscapes; how New World corn, potatoes, and fertilizer ignited Eurasian population booms; how Old World diseases prompted an eruption of slavery in the Western Hemisphere (the influx of Africans, not Europeans, to the Americas, Mann notes, was the main demographic result of the Contact); how Latin American silver undermined China's Ming Dynasty; and how the decimation of Indian peoples changed the world's climate. The author interweaves research on everything from epidemiology to economics into a lucid historical panorama that's studded with entertaining studies of Chinese pirate fleets, courtly tobacco rituals, and the bloody feud between Jamestown colonists and the Indians who fed and fought them, to name a few. Brilliantly assembling colorful details into big-picture insights, Mann's fresh, challenge to Eurocentric histories puts interdependence at the origin of modernity. 35 illus.; 12 maps. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "Fascinating...Convincing...A spellbinding account of how an unplanned collision of unfamiliar animals, vegetables, minerals and diseases produced unforeseen wealth, misery, social upheaval and the modern world."
"Review" by , "Charles C. Mann glories in reality, immersing his reader in complexity. He launches across the Atlantic with Columbus and swings port and starboard through time and space over the whole of the world. The worn cliches crumble as readers gain introductions to the freshest of the systems of analysis gendered in the first post-Columbian millennium."
"Review" by , "In the wake of his groundbreaking book 1491 Charles Mann has once again produced a brilliant and riveting work that will forever change the way we see the world. Mann shows how the ecological collision of Europe and the Americas transformed virtually every aspect of human history. Beautifully written, and packed with startling research, 1493 is a monumental achievement."
"Review" by , "In 1491 Charles Mann brilliantly described the Americas on the eve of Columbus's voyage. Now in 1493 he tells how the world was changed forever by the movement of foods, metals, plants, people and diseases between the 'New World' and both Europe and China. His book is readable and well-written, based on his usual broad research, travels and interviews. A fascinating and important topic, admirably told."
"Review" by , "Charles Mann expertly shows how the complex, interconnected ecological and economic consequences of the European discovery of the Americas shaped many unexpected aspects of the modern world. This is an example of the best kind of history book: one that changes the way you look at the world, even as it informs and entertains."
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