In this groundbreaking study, Mann shows how a new generation of anthropologists and archaeologists, using new research techniques, have come to the persuasive conclusion that more people lived in the Americas in 1491 than in Europe.In this groundbreaking study, Mann shows how a new generation of anthropologists and archaeologists, using new research techniques, have come to the persuasive conclusion that more people lived in the Americas in 1491 than in Europe.Read Less
A revealing history of America, who among us is not the immigrant??
Aug 20, 2010
I found this book very intereseting as it answwered many questions I've always had about the native populationo before Europes' exploration.
May 13, 2010
This book tries to pull together the evidence that the Native Americans cultures (both North and South) were much more than we are taught today in your average high school.
The cultures were diverse and dynamic. The myth of the Indian living "with nature" is just that, a myth.
There is evidence of cultures misusing their natural resources until they collapsed. There is also evidence of great cultures that were flourishing until being wiped out by the introduction and transmission of diseases from European explorers and settlers, prior to even being "discovered" by Europeans.
Apr 22, 2010
TIME TO RE-LEARN OUR PRE-COLUMBIAN US HISTORY
I loved this book! Using evidence that seldom finds its way into popular reading material, Mann paints a picture of the Americas that is very different from what I was taught in school--thank heavens for emerging technologies that cast new light into dark places--keep 'em coming!! Mann corrects old ideas of pre-Columbian Americas and it is hoped that ongoing work will continue to reveal the wealth of history that is still shrouded in a mystery that lingers at the edge of our thoughts.
Nov 5, 2009
WHERE DID THEY ALL GO?
Well written, well researched and deviates from previous opinions as to the dates of the peopling of the Americas. Much earlier than the generally accepted date. The main point, well taken, is that far more people lived on the American Continents than had been previously thought. In fact, the Americas had a far larger population than Europe including the Mediterranean area. Really makes sense.
Publishers Weekly, 2005-06-20 In a riveting and fast-paced history, massing archeological, anthropological, scientific and literary evidence, Mann debunks much of what we thought we knew about pre-Columbian America. Reviewing the latest, not widely reported research in Indian demography, origins and ecology, Mann zestfully demonstrates that long before any European explorers set foot in the New World, Native American cultures were flourishing with a high degree of sophistication. The new researchers have turned received wisdom on its head. For example, it has long been believed the Inca fell to Pizarro because they had no metallurgy to produce steel for weapons. In fact, scholars say, the Inca had a highly refined metallurgy, but valued plasticity over strength. What defeated the Inca was not steel but smallpox and resulting internecine warfare. Mann also shows that the Maya constructed huge cities and governed them with a cohesive set of political ideals. Most notably, according to Mann, the Haudenosaunee, in what is now the Northeast U.S., constructed a loose confederation of tribes governed by the principles of individual liberty and social equality. The author also weighs the evidence that Native populations were far larger than previously calculated. Mann, a contributor to the Atlantic Monthly and Science, masterfully assembles a diverse body of scholarship into a first-rate history of Native America and its inhabitants. 56 b&w photos, 15 maps. Agent, Rick Balkin. 40,000 first printing. (Aug. 12) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 2005-09-05 This production is-as most nonfiction audios ought to be-a "reading" as distinct from a "performance." Johnson renders this thoroughly researched, well-written history of early North and South American Indian populations in a strong, clear voice, with excellent intonation. His diction is almost too perfect-one occasionally focuses on pronunciation rather than content. Most of the book is written in narrative form that sweeps listeners through an exciting rethinking of all we ever learned about when so-called Indians first inhabited the American continents and how they may have come here, about their numbers, religions, cultures, inventions, social structures and their relations to European invaders and settlers. When Mann relates the internecine battles among schools of anthropologists and archeologists, however, the listener might wish he had the book in hand for clarity. It might be wise from the start to make a list of the numerous Indian and European individuals and groupings. This audiobook is well worth the trouble. Simultaneous release with the Knopf hardcover (Reviews, June 20). (August) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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