From United Kingdom to U. Connecting readers with great books since 1972. The mystery is why the American school books continue to teach that Columbus arrived in 1492 to a veritable Eden untrammeled by man! His book is readable and well-written, based on his usual broad research, travels and interviews. Their numbers were vast, not few. Reminiscent of John McPhee's eloquence with scientific detail. And as it accelerates in the 21st century, it may take both away again. A fascinating and important topic, admirably told.
About this Item: Knopf, 2005. That the Great Plains are a third smaller today than they were in 1700 because the Indians who maintained them by burning died. The Columbian Exchange has shaped everything about the modern world. 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. This dovetailed with something else. About this Item: Vintage Books, 2006.
In this riveting, accessible work of science, Charles Mann takes us on an enthralling journey of scientific exploration. AbeBooks, the AbeBooks logo, AbeBooks. In the last 20 years, archaeologists and anthropologists equipped with new scientific techniques have made far-reaching discoveries about the Americas. Earthworms, mosquitoes, and cockroaches; honeybees, dandelions, and African. In Manila, a city Legazpi founded, silver from the Americas, mined by African and Indian slaves, was sold to Asians in return for silk for Europeans.
Mann loves the world and adopts it as his own. Customer service is our top priority!. Beautifully written, and packed with startling research, 1493 is a monumental achievement. Bringing the potato to Europe made it possible for the Irish famine to kill millions when the potatoes were stricken by blight, but it also kept other millions of half-starved peasants alive. Mann is a contributing editor at The Atlantic.
About this Item: Alfred A. Earthworms, mosquitoes, and cockroaches; honeybees, dandelions, and African. When Christopher Columbus set foot in the Americas, he ended that separation at a stroke. 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. A Jared Diamond-like volley that challenges prevailing thinking about global development. More than 200 million years ago, geological forces split apart the continents.
Roosevelt Naval History Prize; and Mayflower, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in history and one of the New York Times' ten best books of the year. Mann is a correspondent for Science and The Atlantic Monthly, and has co-written several previous books including Noah's Choice: The Future of Endangered Species and The Second Creation. Beautifully written, and packed with startling research, 1493 is a monumental achievement. Such technical insights enhance a very human story, told in lively and accessible prose. Author: Up until very recently it was believed that in 1491, the year before Columbus landed, the Americas, one-third of the earth's surface, were a near-pristine wilderness inhabited by small roaming bands of indigenous people. Thank you for choosing Viva Books!. The book takes a roughly chronological approach, beginning in 1493 and continuing to 2011, and ranges across almost every continent.
I also was astonished by how different the aesthetic system wasthe vertiginous staircases, the corbel arches, the huge reliefs, etc. It brought us the plants we tend in our gardens and the pests that eat them. Driven by the economic goal of establishing trade with China, he accidentally set off an ecological convulsion as European vessels carried thousands of species to new homes across the oceans. Once begun, the process ran completely out of human control. When Christopher Columbus set foot in the Americas, he ended that separation at a stroke.
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. Entrancingly provocative, 1493 bristles with illuminations, insights and surprises. Connecting readers with great books since 1972. As well as making humans share the stage with other organisms, Mann also wants Europeans to surrender more of the limelight to the rest of humanity. Mann loves the world and adopts it as his own. A three-time National Magazine Award finalist, he has won awards from the American Bar Association, the Margaret Sanger Foundation, the American Institute of Physics, and the Alfred P. With his follow-up, 1493, Mann has taken it to a new, truly global level.
Mann Read by Robertson Dean About 1493 A deeply engaging new history of how European settlements in the post-Colombian Americas shaped the world, from the bestselling author of 1491. There is grandeur in this view of the past that looks afresh at the different parts of the world and the parts each played in shaping it. Thoughtful, learned and respectful of its subject matter, 1493 is a splendid achievement. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. 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. Mann born 1955 is an American journalist and author, specializing in scientific topics.