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Lawrence Gaye, January 22, 2007 (view all comments by Lawrence Gaye)
I have always enjoyed following the saga of the peopleing of the America's as promulgated by the various camps of American archaeology.

Charles Mann takes us on a virutal tour of the America's before Columbus by introducing us to it's first peoples. The resulting impact and scope of life here before and after the arrival of "modern" Europeans is well illustrated and documented.

The pristine wilderness that greeted the earliest European visitors had already been engineered by the original inhabitants to enable them to enjoy a viable and civilized America with a well fed and organized population. Savanna's and forests were here by virtue of the careful management by the first occupants who thickly populated the continents of North and South America.

Once again I am confronted with the reluctance of science to accept new ideas simply to defend turf.
"1491" is a great book, an enjoyable read and a real service to all interested in the history of the America's, the people who first managed it, and we who continue to do so today.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400032051
Author:
Mann, Charles C.
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Subject:
Americas (North Central South West Indies)
Subject:
North American
Subject:
Native American
Subject:
Antiquities
Subject:
America Antiquities.
Subject:
Indians -- Origin.
Subject:
Native American-General Native American Studies
Subject:
history;non-fiction;anthropology;native americans;archaeology;americas;american history;america;south america;indians;north america;native american;pre-columbian;american indians;science;ecology;15th century;prehistory;columbus;maya;inca;mexico;pre-columb
Subject:
history;non-fiction;anthropology;native americans;archaeology;americas;american history;america;south america;indians;north america;native american;pre-columbian;american indians;science;ecology;15th century;prehistory;columbus;maya;inca;mexico;pre-columb
Subject:
history;non-fiction;anthropology;native americans;archaeology;americas;american history;america;south america;indians;north america;native american;pre-columbian;american indians;science;ecology;15th century;prehistory;columbus;maya;inca;mexico;pre-columb
Subject:
history;non-fiction;anthropology;native americans;archaeology;americas;american history;america;south america;indians;north america;native american;american indians;science;ecology;15th century;prehistory;columbus;maya;inca;pre-columbian history;pre-colum
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reprint ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
October 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
HALFTONES THROUGHOUT
Pages:
576
Dimensions:
8 x 5.15 x 1.3 in 1.15 lb

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Product details 576 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9781400032051 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Charles C. Mann has pulled off an impressive feat — a scholarly, thorough work of history that's almost compulsively readable. In 1491, he summarizes and examines the last thirty years of research into the pre-Columbian Americas, and comes to some startling and exciting conclusions. Mann is an enthusiastic and capable guide, and 1491 is satisfyingly rich with description, anecdote, and example.

"Review" by , "Mann has done a superb job of analyzing and distilling information, offering a balanced and thoughtful perspective on each of his themes in engaging prose."
"Review" by , "Unless you're an anthropologist, it's likely that everything you know about American prehistory is wrong. Science journalist Mann's survey of the current knowledge is a bracing corrective....An excellent, and highly accessible, survey of America's past."
"Review" by , "In sum, Mann tells a powerful, provocative and important story — especially in the chapters on the Andes and Amazonia."
"Review" by , "[A]n important corrective — a sweeping portrait of human life in the Americas before the arrival of Columbus....A remarkably engaging writer, [Mann] lucidly explains the significance of everything from haplogroups to glottochronology to landraces."
"Review" by , "Mann has written a landmark of a book that drops ingrained images of colonial America into the dustbin one after the other, such as that of the Pilgrims finding a pristine world of woodlands and guileless natives."
"Review" by , "A must-read survey course of pre-Columbian history — current, meticulously researched, distilling volumes into single chapters to give general readers a broad view of the subject."
"Review" by , "[A] concise and brilliantly entertaining thesis. I don't agree with all his big conclusions, but 1491 makes me think of history in a new way."
"Synopsis" by , Mann offers a groundbreaking study that radically alters readers' understanding of the Americas before the arrival of the Europeans in 1492.
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