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1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created (Vintage)


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karenf, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by karenf)
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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Josephine Rodriguez, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Josephine Rodriguez)
Fascinating book about how the Columbian Exchange ended the insularity of Asia, Europe, Africa, the Americas and Oceana. Mann literally changed the way I see the world because he displaced misrepresentations about history after 1493 and replaced them with facts. This history and our collective continued ignorance has shaped the world we live in today.
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garryej, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by garryej)
This is a sequel to the excellent 1491. Both books really open your understanding of the civilizations that were here for millenia and the terrible impact Europeans had, both intentionally and unintentionally (diseases). 1493 concentrates on the subsequent impact of all cultures on each other in the years following Colon.
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Eleanor B, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Eleanor B)
1493 has captured my imagination in a way few books have since I was a kid. It does what I hope every book, fiction and nonfiction alike, will do -- it breaks open a world you thought was familiar and shows it in a strange, startling, rich, and entirely new light. This book is all the more magical for being history, not science fiction.
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Eleanor B, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Eleanor B)
1493 has captured my imagination in a way few books have since I was a kid. It does what I hope every book, fiction and nonfiction alike, will do -- it breaks open a world you thought was familiar and shows it in a strange, startling, rich, and entirely new light. This book is all the more magical for being history, not science fiction.
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Mann, Charles C.
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World History-1650 to Present
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"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."
"Review" by , "Fascinating....Lively....A convincing explanation of why our world is the way it is."
"Review" by , "Even the wisest readers will find many surprises here....Like 1491, Mann's sequel will change worldviews."
"Review" by , "Exemplary in its union of meaningful fact with good storytelling, 1493 ranges across continents and centuries to explain how the world we inhabit came to be."
"Review" by , "Engaging...Mann deftly illuminates contradictions on a human scale: the blind violence and terror at Jamestown, the cruel exploitation of labor in the silver mines of Bolivia, the awe felt by Europeans upon first seeing a rubber ball bounce."
"Review" by , "A fascinating survey....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."
"Review" by , "A landmark book....Entrancingly provocative, 1493 bristles with illuminations, insights and surprises."
"Review" by , "Spirited....One thing is indisputable: Mann is definitely global in his outlook and tribal in his thinking....Mann's taxonomy of the ecological, political, religious, economic, anthropological and mystical melds together in an intriguing whole cloth."
"Review" by , "Mann is trying to do much more than punch holes in conventional wisdom; he's trying to piece together an elaborate, alternative history that describes profound changes in the world since the original voyage of Columbus. What's most surprising is that he manages to do this in such an engaging way. He writes with an incredibly dry wit."
"Review" by , "Although many have written about the impact of Europeans on the New World, few have told the worldwide story in a manner accessible to lay readers as effectively as Mann does here."
"Review" by , "The chief strength of Mann's richly associative books lies in their ability to reveal new patterns among seemingly disparate pieces of accepted knowledge. They're stuffed with forehead-slapping "aha" moments....If Mann were to work his way methodically through the odd-numbered years of history, he could be expected to publish a book about the global impact of the Great Recession sometime in the middle of the next millennium. If it's as good as 1493, it would be worth the wait."
"Synopsis" by , A deeply engaging new history of how European settlements in the post-Colombian Americas shaped the world, from the bestselling author of 1491. Presenting the latest research by biologists, anthropologists, archaeologists, and historians, Mann shows how the post-Columbian network of ecological and economic exchange fostered the rise of Europe, devastated imperial China, convulsed Africa, and for two centuries made Mexico City — where Asia, Europe, and the new frontier of the Americas dynamically interacted — the center of the world. In this history, Mann uncovers the germ of today's fiercest political disputes, from immigration to trade policy to culture wars. In 1493, Mann has again given readers an eye-opening scientific interpretation of our past, unequaled in its authority and fascination.
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