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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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  • Yochanna Yah
  • 28-08-19

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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  • Chris Hummel
  • 24-10-20

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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  • juan
  • 04-02-21

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-02-21

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
  • 03-01-21

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
  • 09-12-20

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
  • 15-10-20

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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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 06-10-20

good read

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

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  • Purchaser of value
  • 20-09-20

Seeing the past as a larger canvas

I read this as an audible plus book and never reading anything from this author before I found it spectacular and very short at 4 hours. The authors other books are a lot longer which makes me interested but not sure if i'm going to get this part in another of his books. I still gave it 5 stars because I didn't have to pay extra for a short but ultra informative ride.

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  • steve p.
  • 15-09-20

excellent information swiftly moving

I a absolutely enjoyed the near 4 hours in one sitting. well written with clearly a large amount of research. informative and entertaining. full of personal insight which I welcomed because was plausible if not 100% correct.

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  • Johanna Gibson
  • 24-10-20

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
  • 25-09-20

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.