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If Charles C. Mann's 1491 was the 'before' of the New World, his 1493 is the 'after'. Unlike scores of other histories, this narrative doesn't retread the familiar voyages and treks of Christopher Columbus. Instead, Mann focuses on the radical ecological re-groupings on both sides of the Atlantic caused by the "Columbian Exchange." He shows how this biological revolution had far-reaching consequences, devastating Imperial China, and raising centers like Manila and Mexico City into new prominence. A fresh view of a time-honored topic.