1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created

1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created

by Charles C. Mann
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1493 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 74 reviews.
QuietFury More than 1 year ago
Charles Mann writes the type of book that should be read in history classes everywhere. This one takes off where 1491 left off and is equally as fascinating. The amount of material covered is enormous but never overwhelming. Topics include everything from the potato famine to tobacco farming to both sides of slavery all over the world. Mann doesn't simply tell us when things happened. He tells us how and why. 1493 is well written, easy to follow and incredibly informative.
TJS555 More than 1 year ago
Just finished reading "1491" so was compelled to continue the journey with "1493". Reading these books makes me realize just how totally inadequate my eduction in American history has been, at both the high school & college levels - every page amazed in the facts revealed. Mann is a journalist, which added greatly to the pleasure of the read - he writes beautifully. Reading these books put me on that hill in Darien, with 1000 years of history spread out before my wondering eyes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good read. Lots of new ideas to mull over about the globalization of plants, food, economies....and how far back these issues go. Author's background in magazine writing helps make these complex issues understandable. I strongly recommend this book!
jceMD More than 1 year ago
A must-read for people interested in History from a different point of view than that of school books. Real-life History. Combined with books from Howard Zinn and Eric Hobsbawm, one can have a glimpse on what probably happened on earth some time ago.
johnjord205 More than 1 year ago
I found this book very interesting and it gave me a greater understanding of how the world became what it is today. It points out the accomplishments and failures of the many peoples, races, religions, nations, who formed the world as it exists today. It gave me greater insight into how deeply entrenched many of the problems are that we have to deal with today.
AnnIL More than 1 year ago
Lots of good information, but seems to have been written in haste. Not as good as 1491 was. But worth the read.
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Even better than his work "1493", Charles Mann takes a well-researched and masterfully analyzed look at the economic, demographic, and cultural impact of the accidental discovery of the Americas. Excellent read, difficult to put down or even read only once!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing feat of research. In depth and detailed to a fault. Liked very much but sometimes read like someone forgot to edit the raw data. Would highly recommend for anyone who is fascinated by post Columbian history. Extremely in-depth.
AnnieBM More than 1 year ago
To learn the lessons of history, one must know it...I recommend reading Mann's 1491 before reading 1493. Both are excellent. They offer succinct summaries of current discussions in history, anthropology, and related areas. While 1491 is focused on cleaning up an out-dated sense of the Americas historically and anthropologically, 1493 focuses on how the European encounter with the Americas dramatically affected the whole world, especially as different economically important species were transported. This book puts much of the current world in better perspective including how much chattel slavery shaped the modern situation. The last chapter really brings home the impact for today and the irony in many of our perceptions and conservation efforts.
huckfinn37 More than 1 year ago
Good History Book. 1493 is a good history book. I enjoyed the information about malaria, potatoes, and sweet potatoes the most. I learned about Casta Paintings, which I found informative. I would recommend it 1493 to selected others.
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Detailed and insightful
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