Rediscovery of North America

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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...
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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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"Eloquent, deep-reaching...may heads of state, students and stock clerks alike read this important volume; and may we all listen to its lesson." -- Bloomsbury Review
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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679740995
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/1992
  • Series: Vintage Series
  • Edition description: 1st Vintage Books ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 5.22 (w) x 7.99 (h) x 0.23 (d)

Meet the Author

Barry Lopez is the author of six works of nonfiction and eight works of fiction. His writing appears regularly in Harper's, The Paris Review, DoubleTake, and The Georgia Review. He is the recipient of a National Book Award, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and other honors. He lives in western Oregon.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2001

    Interesting view of the historically incorrect story of Christopher Columbus

    Barry Lopez strongly challenges the name of Christpher Columbus by presenting the truth. He knows Columbus didn't discover America, but he also knows how cruel he was to the Native Americans he met when he arrived at San Salvador. Easy read and good detail makes this book perfect for any history teacher to present to his or her students.

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  • Posted June 23, 2012

    Should be required reading

    Lopez is as articulate as ever. This account is shocking, sad, infuriating, disgusting. It should be a part of school curriculum in hopes that a reality BITE will adjust future behavior of human beings.

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