Rediscovery of North America

Rediscovery of North America

by Barry Lopez
     
 

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Five hundred years ago an Italian whose name, translated into English, meant Christopher Dove, came to America and began a process not of discovery, but incursion -- "a ruthless, angry search for wealth" that continues to the present day. This provocative and superbly written book gives a true assessment of Columbus's legacy while taking the first steps toward its… See more details below

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Five hundred years ago an Italian whose name, translated into English, meant Christopher Dove, came to America and began a process not of discovery, but incursion -- "a ruthless, angry search for wealth" that continues to the present day. This provocative and superbly written book gives a true assessment of Columbus's legacy while taking the first steps toward its redemption. Even as he draws a direct line between the atrocities of Spanish conquistadors and the ongoing pillage of our lands and waters, Barry Lopez challenges us to adopt an ethic that will make further depredations impossible. The Rediscovery of North America is a ringingly persuasive call for us, at long last, to make this country our home.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A National Book Award winner for Arctic Dreams, Lopez here offers a polemical assessment of the legacy of Columbus. (Sept.)
Booknews
One of our premier writers (Arctic dreams won the National Book Award) reexamines the imperial attitudes that have underlain the entire European settlement of America beginning with the Spanish conquest, and invokes a "rediscovery" of the New World, not as a source of personal wealth, but as a home, a place from which to draw strength and character. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"An eloquent, deep-reaching little book on the subject. But he goes far beyond the inquiry into Columbus' character, motives, and legacy. He also uses the occasion to turn our thoughts to hope: the hope that comes with both a frank acceptance of our past and a resolution to break ways with its shameful legacy." — Bloomsbury Review

"Assets that we must go beyond an obsession with the material wealth of the continent that began with Columbus and begin to appreciate North America for its spiritual wealth if we are ever to feel at home here." — Commonweal

"Eloquently proffers a philosophy of limits that we cannot afford to ignore in this era of global warning and overpopulation." — Los Angeles Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307806468
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/14/2011
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
579,549
File size:
2 MB

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