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A companion book for young listeners based on 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, the groundbreaking best seller by Charles C. Mann.

©2009 Charles C. Mann and Downtown Bookworks Inc. (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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  • Chris Hummel
  • 24-10-2020

A Great Intro, Abridged and Edited

Based on findings and debates in recent decades (published in 2009), this broad brush sketch of the Americas before Columbus presents a vastly different image than many of us grew up with. While basic outlines of more heavily populated continents ravaged by European diseases have already shown the error of the cultural and technological superiority narrative of conquest, this book goes further. With a focus on the long term origins of Native American population, their agricultural innovations (including the invention of maize, the milpa system of codependent and mutually fertilizing crops, and the potato), and their management by fire and labor of much of the continent for their support (from orchards in the Amazon to game preserves on the northern Plains), this work provides an easily digestible and valuable introduction to a complex and fascinating world only slowly becoming visible to us. Highly recommended.

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  • Yochanna Yah
  • 28-08-2019

delightful way to know who. is who

a very informatuve way of knowing who is WHO in the world we live in. who was guilty and who was not. THANKS

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  • juan
  • 04-02-2021

short and very informative

Tgey really dont teach us enough in school. this book is so informative and changed my perspective of american history. stephen mclaughlin is an excellent narrator for non fiction.

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  • happyjo
  • 19-04-2021

Before Columbus

Wow! what an informative book! I believe I would like to read more from the authors. I enjoyed my time listening to the audio book.

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  • Henslee W.
  • 19-03-2021

Surprisingly fantastic.

This is supposedly written for middle graders, but I found it right up my alley. I thoroughly enjoyed the history lesson presented in such a delightful way. Extremely well done

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-02-2021

Disappointing Content

Not what I expected; raised a lot of questions not answered. Some interesting history. Would have preferred more detail on a number of things that were just mentioned, then dropped.

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  • Katie Kennington
  • 03-01-2021

Fantastic...

Easy to understand, but in depth enough to capture the interest of someone who is a bit of a Native American fanatical. For example, I never knew that it was likely a form of hepatitis that infected the east coast of the US, in the 1600's, I enjoyed the countless tidbits of information like this, and the flow in which the narrator, and of course, the writer, get the facts out, in story form!

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  • Holly
  • 09-12-2020

Excellent!!!

This was an amazing book! I loved the research and presentation! I am a major history nerd,. and it is hard to find in-depth books.. The narration was also done very well and the pronunciations accurate! If I could give it more than 5 stars in each category, I surely would! 🙂

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  • mrsmomyogadoc
  • 15-10-2020

Wow! Truth telling

This was a wonderful book shared with my daughters for homeschooling. We were all shocked by the story told here and fascinated by this truth telling. I do wish more children and ASHA access to true history. This book has sparked in interest where the once was none.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-10-2020

good read

the book was very insightful, and good information to have for a seeker like me.
Good narration.

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  • Johanna Gibson
  • 24-10-2020

Well-researched history of the Americas

We thoroughly enjoyed this history of the Americas before Colombia, and were particularly interested in how Native people's managed the land.

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  • Julien Coullet
  • 25-09-2020

Great resource and experience

Excellent source of information, interesting facts, compelling and refreshing. Very short, though.

I listened to it on the recommendation of Josh Clarke from the Stuff You Should Know podcast, who often refers to it and it was worth it, great complement to the show.

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