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480 pages, 2005



999 books
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science & nature

1064 books

Charles C. Mann's breakthrough work of science, history, and archaeology shows the Americas as you've never seen them before. Contrary to what you used to think, the pre-Columbian Indians did not live in a pristine wilderness; there were huge numbers of them who actively molded and influenced their world.  

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 some say is an early example of genetic engineering.

  Challenging and surprising, this entirely new look at a rich and fascinating world will change your mind about what you thought we knew.

Pre-Columbian Societies were Advanced

In '1491', Charles C. Mann challenges the common belief that the Americas were sparsely populated by primitive societies before Columbus. He shows that these societies were actually highly advanced and sophisticated, with complex political systems and impressive technological achievements.

The Impact of Diseases on Native Populations

Mann explores the devastating impact of diseases brought by Europeans on the native populations. He suggests that these diseases, rather than warfare or other forms of violence, were the main cause of the massive population decline among Native Americans.

The Americas were Highly Populated

Contrary to popular belief, the Americas were not an empty wilderness before Columbus. Mann's research shows that the population of the Americas may have been larger than that of Europe at the time, with some cities rivaling the size of the largest in the Old World.

Native Americans Shaped their Environment

Mann argues that Native Americans were not just passive inhabitants of their environment, but actively shaped it. They practiced sophisticated forms of agriculture and land management, transforming vast areas of the landscape.

The Book Challenges Eurocentric Views

One of the key takeaways from '1491' is that it challenges Eurocentric views of history. Mann shows that Native American societies were not primitive or backward, but had rich and complex cultures that were deeply affected by the arrival of Europeans. This book encourages us to look at history from different perspectives and appreciate the diversity and complexity of human societies.

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1491 vividly depicts the pre-Columbian Americas as a thriving, complex world that was decimated by the arrival of Europeans. It's a fascinating read.

Jared DiamondJared Diamond - Geographer, Historian, Author

1491 is a captivating journey through the history and culture of the Americas before Columbus. It's a must-read for anyone interested in history.

Bill GatesBill Gates - Microsoft Co-founder, Philanthropist

1491 is a groundbreaking work that shatters many myths about the Americas before Columbus. It's a book that will change your view of history.

David QuammenDavid Quammen - Science Writer, Author

1491 is a riveting exploration of the Americas before Columbus. It's a book that will challenge your preconceptions and expand your understanding of history.

Elizabeth KolbertElizabeth Kolbert - Journalist, Author

1491 is a compelling narrative that brings to life the rich history and culture of the Americas before Columbus. It's a book that will make you rethink everything you thought you knew about history.

Neil deGrasse TysonNeil deGrasse Tyson - Astrophysicist, Author
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