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It was believed that in 1491, the year before Columbus landed, the Americas were a near-pristine wilderness inhabited by small roaming bands of indigenous people. Here, Charles Mann provides a new, fascinating and iconoclastic account of the Americas before Columbus.

Produktbeschreibung
It was believed that in 1491, the year before Columbus landed, the Americas were a near-pristine wilderness inhabited by small roaming bands of indigenous people. Here, Charles Mann provides a new, fascinating and iconoclastic account of the Americas before Columbus.
  • Produktdetails
  • Verlag: Granta Books
  • New ed
  • Seitenzahl: 576
  • Erscheinungstermin: 6. November 2006
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 199mm x 128mm x 35mm
  • Gewicht: 350g
  • ISBN-13: 9781862078765
  • ISBN-10: 1862078769
  • Artikelnr.: 22018902
Inhaltsangabe
List of Maps
Preface

INTRODUCTION / Holmberg s Mistake

1. A View from Above

PART ONE / Numbers from Nowhere?

2. Why Billington Survived
3. In the Land of Four Quarters
4. Frequently Asked Questions

PART TWO / Very Old Bones

5. Pleistocene Wars
6. Cotton (or Anchovies) and Maize (Tales of Two Civilizations, Part I)
7. Writing, Wheels, and Bucket Brigades (Tales of Two Civilizations, Part II)

PART THREE / Landscape with Figures

8. Made in America
9. Amazonia
10. The Artificial Wilderness
11. The Great Law of Peace

Appendixes
A. Loaded Words
B. Talking Knots
C. The Syphilis Exception
D. Calendar Math

Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Rezensionen
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

Mann tells a powerful, provocative and important story. . . . 1491 vividly compels us to re-examine how we teach the ancient history of the Americas and how we live with the environmental consequences of colonization.
The Washington Post Book World

Engagingly written and utterly absorbing. . . . Part detective story, part epic and part tragedy.
The Miami Herald

Provocative. . . . A Jared Diamond-like volley that challenges prevailing thinking about global development. Mann has chronicled an important shift in our vision of world development, one out young children could end up studying in their text books when they reach junior high.
San Francisco Chronicle

Marvelous. . . . A revelation. . . . Our concept of pure wilderness untouched by grubby human hands must now be jettisoned.
The New York Sun

Monumental. . . . Mann slips in so many fresh, new interpretations of American history that it all adds up to a deeply subversive work.
Salon

Concise and brilliantly entertaining. . . . Reminiscent of John McPhee's eloquence with scientific detail.
Los Angeles Times


…mehr
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

Mann tells a powerful, provocative and important story. . . . 1491 vividly compels us to re-examine how we teach the ancient history of the Americas and how we live with the environmental consequences of colonization.
The Washington Post Book World

Engagingly written and utterly absorbing. . . . Part detective story, part epic and part tragedy.
The Miami Herald

Provocative. . . . A Jared Diamond-like volley that challenges prevailing thinking about global development. Mann has chronicled an important shift in our vision of world development, one out young children could end up studying in their text books when they reach junior high.
San Francisco Chronicle

Marvelous. . . . A revelation. . . . Our concept of pure wilderness untouched by grubby human hands must now be jettisoned.
The New York Sun

Monumental. . . . Mann slips in so many fresh, new interpretations of American history that it all adds up to a deeply subversive work.
Salon

Concise and brilliantly entertaining. . . . Reminiscent of John McPhee's eloquence with scientific detail.
Los Angeles Times
…mehr