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By Charles C. Mann

Up until eventually very lately it used to be believed that during 1491, the 12 months prior to Columbus landed, the Americas, one-third of the earth's floor, have been a near-pristine desert inhabited by way of small roaming bands of indigenous humans. yet lately unforeseen discoveries have dramatically replaced our knowing of Indian existence. Many students now argue that the Indians have been even more various, have been within the Americas for much longer and had way more ecological influence at the land than formerly believed. this information has huge, immense implications for state-of-the-art environmental disputes, but little has filtered into textbooks or even much less into public expertise. Mann brings jointly the entire most modern examine, and the result of his personal travels all through North and South the United States, to supply a brand new, interesting and iconoclastic account of the Americas earlier than Columbus.

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