1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
by Charles C. Mann (Author)
“A journalistic masterpiece.”
—The New York Review of Books
“Marvelous. . . . A sweeping portrait of human life in the Americas before the arrival of Columbus. . . . A remarkably engaging writer.”
—The New York Times Book Review
“Fascinating. . . . A landmark of a book that drops ingrained images of colonial American into the dustbin, one after the other.”
—The Boston Globe
“A ripping, man-on-the-ground tour of a world most of us barely intuit. . . . An exhilarating shift in perspective. . . . 1491 erases our myth of a wilderness Eden. It replaces that fallacy with evidence of a different genesis, exciting and closer to true.”
—The Cleveland Plain Dealer
NATIONAL BESTSELLER • A groundbreaking work of science, history, and archaeology that radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of Columbus in 1492—from “a remarkably engaging writer” (The New York Times Book Review).
Contrary to what so many Americans learn in school, the pre-Columbian Indians were not sparsely settled in a pristine wilderness; rather, there were huge numbers of Indians who actively molded and influenced the land around them.
The astonishing Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan had running water and immaculately clean streets, and was larger than any contemporary European city.
Mexican cultures created corn in a specialized breeding process that it has been called man’s first feat of genetic engineering.
Indeed, Indians were not living lightly on the land but were landscaping and manipulating their world in ways that we are only now beginning to understand.
Challenging and surprising, this a transformative new look at a rich and fascinating world we only thought we knew.
ASIN : B000JMKVE4
Publisher : Knopf (August 9, 2005)
Publication date : October 10, 2006
Language : English
File : Epub 5.6 Mb, Pdf 6.9 Mb
Text-to-Speech : Enabled
Screen Reader : Supported
Print length : 480 pages