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1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann.. With turkey soon the centerpiece on many family tables, this tome provides fascinating perspective on the Americas before Europeans ever met corn. Surprising and vivid. Food for thought.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"If the Native-American graveyard discovered at Port Angeles is evidence of a deadly epidemic, as archaeologists now suspect, it would be one of many. According to Charles Mann's "1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus," epidemics decimated the Indians of North and South America far more thoroughly than previously thought.."

The Seattle Times

"Mann, a science journalist and co-author of four previous books on subjects ranging from aspirin to physics to the Internet, provides an important corrective - a sweeping portrait of human life in the Americas before the arrival of Columbus. This would be a formidable task under any circumstance, and it is complicated by the fact that so much of the deep American past is embroiled in vituperative political and scientific controversies.."

The NY Times

Author bio: A Correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, Science, and Wired, he has covered the intersection of science, technology, and commerce for many newspapers and magazines here and abroad, including BioScience, The Boston Globe, Fortune, Geo (Germany), The New York Times (magazine, op-ed, book review), Panorama (Italy), Paris-Match (France), Quark (Japan), Smithsonian, Der Stern (Germany), Technology Review, Vanity Fair and The Washington Post (magazine, op-ed, book review). In addition to 1491, he has co-written four other books. More information can be found here:

Book Details: History; (465 pp. Engaging, but scholarly: Kindle/Audiobook/Print editions)

Publisher Website: 9780739464410

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