1493 review

. A tremendously provocative, learned and surprising read.” —The Times of London. Before reading this book I was unaware that south-east England was rife with malaria in the pre-industrial epoch. 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, The Wizard and the Prophet: Two Remarkable Scientists and Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow's World, The Columbian Exchange: Biological and Cultural Consequences of 1492, 30th Anniversary Edition, A People's History of the World: From the Stone Age to the New Millennium, Indian Givers: How Native Americans Transformed the World, A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century, Collapse of Complex Societies 1ed (New Studies in Archaeology). He serves up one arresting detail after another (who knew that “No Potatoes, No Popery!” was an English election slogan in 1765? . . Bruce Watson's most recent book is "Freedom Summer: The Savage Season of 1964 That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy" (Viking paperback 2011). I ordered this in hard copy for my father in law. . Earthworms, mosquitoes, and cockroaches; honeybees, dandelions, and African grasses; bacteria, fungi, and viruses; rats of every description—all of them rushed like eager tourists into lands that had never seen their like before, changing lives and landscapes across the planet. He is not a professional historian, but most professionals could learn a lot from the deft way he does this.

This is an example of the best kind of history book: one that changes the way you look at the world, even as it informs and entertains.” —Tom Standage, author of A History of the World in Six Glasses “A landmark book. If Mann were to work his way methodically through the odd-numbered years of history, he could be expected to publish a book about the global impact of the Great Recession sometime in the middle of the next millennium.

. Information and insight abound on every page. . Entrancingly provocative, 1493 bristles with illuminations, insights and surprises.” —Shelf Awareness “Fascinating. Despite being half a world apart, the two gardens grow many of the same plants, hardly any of which are native to either place. Editor's Picks: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans, Discover Book Picks from the CEO of Penguin Random House US. Such technical insights enhance a very human story, told in lively and accessible prose.” —Cleveland Plain-Dealer “Mann’s excitement never flags as he tells his breathtaking story. Malaria, that parasitic disease, was rare in England and in the North and easily felled outsiders, while most of the Southerners who fought at places such as Yorktown and Chancellorsville were used to it, if not altogether immune.

Is working from home (literally) a pain in the neck? “1493” picks up where Mann’s best seller, “1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus,” left off. He makes even the most unpromising-sounding subjects fascinating. . There was a problem loading your book clubs. By clicking Sign Up, I acknowledge that I have read and agree to Penguin Random House's Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. The information about 1493 shown above was first featured in "The BookBrowse Review" - BookBrowse's online-magazine that keeps our members abreast of notable and high-profile books publishing in the coming weeks. . Much as Columbus created a new world biologically, Legazpi and the Spanish empire he served created a new world economically.As Charles C. Mann shows, the Columbian Exchange underlies much of subsequent human history. I'll get to those in a minute, but first a few general points. Here Mann zeroes in on the harshest of Columbus' legacies, the slave trade.

Now comes the sequel, "1493.

Tobacco was not alone. After his best-selling book, 1491: New Revelations of the Americas before Columbus, Charles Mann wrote a sequel, 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created. Most impressive of all, he manages to turn plants, germs, insects and excrement into the lead actors in his drama while still parading before us an unforgettable cast of human characters.

By turns fascinating and frustrating, charming and nerdy, he sometimes goes on and on until you just wish the bell would ring. . Despite similar titles and styles, "1493" is a very different book from "1491," and the difference may not please all readers. The worn clichés crumble as readers gain introductions to the freshest of the systems of analysis gendered in the first post-Columbian millennium.” —Alfred W. Crosby, author of The Columbian Exchange “In the wake of his groundbreaking book 1491 Charles Mann has once again produced a brilliant and riveting work that will forever change the way we see the world. Mann’s taxonomy of the ecological, political, religious, economic, anthropological and mystical melds together in an intriguing whole cloth.” —The Star-Ledger  “Mann has managed the difficult trick of telling a complicated story in engaging and clear prose while refusing to reduce its ambiguities to slogans. . Photograph: Hans Georg Roth/Corbis, he first attempts at world history too often had a bland textbook feel, or were bee-in-the-bonnet chronicles that reduced history to the impact of a single factor. Smoking the imported luxury wasn’t cheap, though, and the khan of Manchuria was shocked to learn that his soldiers were selling off their weapons and armor to buy the weed. . But that is part of the book’s appeal. . More journalist than scholar, he also drops in on contemporary scientists and historians, whom he seems to have studied in abundance. From the author of 1491—the best-selling study of the pre-Columbian Americas—a deeply engaging new history of the most momentous biological event since the death of the dinosaurs. .

From South America to the vast planations of SE Asia. . .

When he met Crosby, he nagged the historian to write a new edition. Almost every page of 1493 contains some extraordinarily provocative argument or arrestingly bizarre detail. . What an eye opening historically accurate factually based journey. . [Mann’s book] deserves a prominent place among that very rare class of books that can make a difference in how we see the world, although it is neither a polemic nor a work of advocacy. As a historian Mann should be admired not just for his broad scope and restless intelligence but for his biological sensitivity. Vintage; Illustrated Edition (July 24, 2012), Reviewed in the United States on December 6, 2013. . . Meanwhile, new crops and goods were arriving in the Old World as well, some brought over on Columbus’s first return trip. Read the Book Behind the Showtime Limited Series, Ina Garten's Latest Cozy and Delicious Recipes, Discover the Prologue to Jodi Picoult's Poignant New Novel, Audiobooks Read By Your Favorite Celebrities, Chilling Audiobooks for a Haunting Halloween. Mann generously acknowledges how much of this story line comes from Alfred W. Crosby’s classic “Ecological Imperialism: The Biological Expansion of Europe, 900-1900,” first published a quarter of a century ago. In fact, he sees the discovery of the Americas as the prelude to the rise of industry but his case would have been strengthened by giving space to US cotton, a raw material easily adapted to industrial methods. .

His titular year is just the jumping-off point for a narrative spanning five centuries and six continents, exhaustively tracing every last root entwined around Columbus' arrival. The worn clichés crumble as readers gain introductions to the freshest of the systems of analysis gendered in the first post-Columbian millennium.” —Alfred W. Crosby, author of The Columbian Exchange “In the wake of his groundbreaking book 1491 Charles Mann has once again produced a brilliant and riveting work that will forever change the way we see the world. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. . The Columbian Exchange has shaped everything about the modern world. Mann gives the same arduous attention to tobacco, potatoes, wheat and the microbial properties of mosquitoes.

Mann adds the unknown story of their surprisingly important role in both the American Revolution and the Civil War. . . • Robin Blackburn teaches at the University of Essex; his book The American Crucible: Slavery, Emancipation and Human Rights is published by Verso. 1493 is rich in detail, analytically expansive and impossible to summarize. Mann does not raise it, but what would have happened if the mighty fleet commanded by the 15th-century Chinese commander and explorer Zheng He had decided to sail eastwards, to a "new world", rather than westwards, to Africa? Voltaire would have loved Charles C. Mann’s outstanding new book, “1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created.” In more than 500 lively pages, it not only explains the chain of events that produced those candied fruits, nuts and gardens, but also weaves their stories together into a convincing explanation of why our world is the way it is. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Ranging freely across time and space, Mann’s book is full of compelling stories.

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