1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created (Paperback)

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    Charles C. Mann, a correspondent for The Atlantic, Science, andWired, has written for Fortune, The New York Times, Smithsonian,Technology Review, Vanity Fair, and The Washington Post, as well as for the TV network HBO and the seriesLaw & Order. A three-time National Magazine Award finalist, he is the recipient of writing awards from the American Bar Association, the American Institute of Physics, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Lannan Foundation. His1491 won the National Academies Communication Award for the best book of the year.

    "From the author of 1491--the best-selling study of the pre-Columbian Americas--a deeply engaging new history that explores the most momentous biological event since the death of the dinosaurs. More than 200 million years ago, geological forces split apart the continents. Isolated from each other, the two halves of the world developed totally different suites of plants and animals. Columbus's voyages brought them back together--and marked the beginning of an extraordinary exchange of flora and fauna between Eurasia and the Americas. As Charles Mann shows, this global ecological tumult--the "Columbian Exchange"--underlies much of subsequent human history. Presenting the latest generation of research by scientists, Mann shows how the creation of this worldwide network of exchange fostered the rise of Europe, devastated imperial China, convulsed Africa, and for two centuries made Manila and Mexico City-- where Asia, Europe, and the new frontier of the Americas dynamically interacted--the center of the world. In 1493, Charles Mann gives us an eye-opening scientific interpretation of our past, unequaled in its authority and fascination"--

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    ISBN 9780307278241
    Genre HISTORY / Americas (North, Central, South, West Indies)
    Format Paperback
    Pages 690
    Publisher Date 2012-07-24 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Vintage Books
    Copyright Year 2012
    Height 8.25 in
    Wdth 5.25 in
    Thickness 1.5 in
    Unit weight 1.5 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle Uncovering the New World Columbus Created
    Edition Detail Reprint
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Mann, Charles C.
    Country of Origin United States

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