New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus

Audiobook CD - 2005
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In the last 20 years, archaeologists and anthropologists equipped with new scientific techniques have made far-reaching discoveries about the Americas. For example, Indians did not cross the Bering Strait 12,000 years ago, as most of us learned in school. They were already here. Their numbers were vast, not few. And instead of living lightly on the land, they managed it beautifully and left behind an enormous ecological legacy. In this riveting, accessible work of science, Charles Mann takes us on an enthralling journey of scientific exploration. We learn that the Indian development of modern corn was one of the most complex feats of genetic engineering ever performed. That the Great Plains are a third smaller today than they were in 1700 because the Indians who maintained them by burning died. And that the Amazon rain forest may be largely a human artifact. Compelling and eye-opening, this book has the potential to vastly alter our understanding of our history and change the course of today's environmental disputes.
Publisher: St. Paul, MN : Highbridge Audio, 2005
ISBN: 9781565119789
Branch Call Number: CD 970.011 Man
Additional Contributors: Johnson, Peter 1945-
Alternative Title: Fourteen ninety-one


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Aug 09, 2016

An interesting exploration of the ecology and sociology of the Americas before Columbus. At many points the book gets speculative due to a lack of concrete information on the topics covered. The author also allows his bias to show through at many points, but overall an interesting read on topics that are not commonly covered in traditional media.

Sep 07, 2012

I read this some time ago before comments were allowed. This is a grand effort at showing the genocides that occurred not only as a consequence of the Eurorpean invasion, but also of those that occurred in Southern Ontario by native Iroquois against the former native residents. This is timely and well suited with other such topical tomes such as:
Open Veins of Latin America by E. Galeano, Champlains Dream, and Strange Emipire, J. C. Howard. There are also others which bring one down to earth on the fruadulent efforts of some native communities to pander to their imagined or real difficulties.

Sep 06, 2012

1491 - the year before Christopher Columbus discovered America. This is a work of non-fiction intent on redefining pre Columbian civilisations in the Western Hemisphere. Or so I thought. Unfortunately, it fails in several ways. Most of the subject matter is a rehash of North and South American history AFTER they were discovered, not before. There is a clear bias on the author’s part that becomes irritating very quickly. He unremittingly depicts the Europeans as incompetent oafs while painting the Indians (that’s the term used throughout the book) as sublime beings living peaceful, symbiotic lives with the land. His sometimes pompous and scoffing statements on other scientists’ theories only led me to questions his agenda. Too few interesting concepts and the narrator’s droning monotonous voice made this a hard one to finish. Not recommended. I much preferred “Guns, Germs and Steel” .


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