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08:11 pm: 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann
I should expect some things I learned from books years ago to be wrong, but this was more than I expected. The views I had of the Americas have been updated with new research. Why the Indians died off, how the environment was managed, when civilization was established, etc. A fascinating book with 100 pages of notes, bibliography, and index.



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Date:October 13th, 2006 09:37 pm (UTC)
I agree that this was a very good book.
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Date:October 14th, 2006 03:58 pm (UTC)
I've just finished to read this too! (It's called "Ancient Americans" over here). Actually I'm still reading through the footnotes because I only discovered them after finishing the book -- there are no numbers in the text, the footnotes refer to page number and a sentence, a stupid system IMO but there you go...

A very good book indeed, I especially found the parts about managing the environment fascinating. I guess I didn't have a lot of "surprises" in the sense you mean, simply because I knew next to nothing on the subject to start with. But now I'm curious and want to find out more. Especially about North America, which gets much less space than Meso- and South in this book.
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