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  • Paperback: 541 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Books USA (10 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400032059
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400032051
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 178,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"One of the most compelling books of her remarkable career. . . . A magisterial and subtle exploration of all-too-human emotions."-"The Seattle Times"
"Appealing. . . . Something to gladden hearts-at least among aficionados of the formally perfect murder scheme. . . . Even its murder victim is delectable. . . . The reader . . . secretly thrills to the discovery of each new corpse."
-"The New York Times"
"Thrilling. . . . Tantalizing. . . . Intense. . . . The solution to the crime is satisfyingly elegant."-"The Boston Herald"
"James is at the height of her writing powers in describing this craggy bit of rock off England's coast so thoroughly that you can feel the wind against your face and the scrubland brush against your boots. Like Dalgleish and Miskin, you will wish you could return." -"The Baltimore Sun"

"Engagingly written and utterly absorbing... part detective story, part epic and part tragedy."-"The Miami Herald"
" "
"Provocative... a Jared Diamond-like volley that challenges prevailing thinking about global development. Mann has chronicled an important shift in our vision of world development, one out young children could end up studying in their text books when they reach junior high."-"San Francisco Chronicle"
" "
"Marvelous... a revelation... our concept of pure wilderness untouched by grubby human hands must now be jettisoned."-"The New York Sun"
"Monumental....Mann slips in so many fresh, new interpretations of American history that it all adds up to a deeply subversive work."-"Salon"
"Concise and brilliantly entertaining... reminiscent of John McPhee's eloquence with scientific detail."- "The Los Angeles Times"

" Engagingly written and utterly absorbing... part detective story, part epic and part tragedy." - "The Miami Herald"
" "
" Provocative... a Jared Diamond-like volley that challenges prevailing thinking about global development. Mann has chronicled an important shift in our vision of world development, one out young children could end up studying in their text books when they reach junior high." - "San Francisco Chronicle"
" "
" Marvelous... a revelation... our concept of pure wilderness untouched by grubby human hands must now be jettisoned." - "The New York Sun"
" Monumental....Mann slips in so many fresh, new interpretations of American history that it all adds up to a deeply subversive work." - "Salon"
" Concise and brilliantly entertaining... reminiscent of John McPhee's eloquence with scientific detail." - "The Los Angeles Times"

"Engagingly written and utterly absorbing... part detective story, part epic and part tragedy."-"The Miami Herald"
" "
"Provocative... a Jared Diamond-like volley that challenges prevailing thinking about global development. Mann has chronicled an important shift in our vision of world development, one out young children could end up studying in their text books when they reach junior high."-"San Francisco Chronicle"
" "
"Marvelous... a revelation... our concept of pure wilderness untouched by grubby human hands must now be jettisoned."-"The New York Sun"
"Monumental....Mann slips in so many fresh, new interpretations of American history that it all adds up to a deeply subversive work."-"Salon "
"Concise and brilliantly entertaining... reminiscent of John McPhee's eloquence with scientific detail."- "The Los Angeles Times"

“Engagingly written and utterly absorbing... part detective story, part epic and part tragedy.”–"The Miami Herald"
" "
“Provocative... a Jared Diamond-like volley that challenges prevailing thinking about global development. Mann has chronicled an important shift in our vision of world development, one out young children could end up studying in their text books when they reach junior high.”–"San Francisco Chronicle"
" "
“Marvelous... a revelation... our concept of pure wilderness untouched by grubby human hands must now be jettisoned.”–"The New York Sun"
“Monumental....Mann slips in so many fresh, new interpretations of American history that it all adds up to a deeply subversive work.”–"Salon "
“Concise and brilliantly entertaining... reminiscent of John McPhee's eloquence with scientific detail.”– "The Los Angeles Times"

"A journalistic masterpiece."
"--The New York Review of Books"
"Marvelous. . . . A sweeping portrait of human life in the Americas before the arrival of Columbus. . . . A remarkably engaging writer."
"--The New York Times Book Review"
"Fascinating. . . . A landmark of a book that drops ingrained images of colonial American into the dustbin, one after the other."
"--The Boston Globe"
"A ripping, man-on-the-ground tour of a world most of us barely intuit. . . . An exhilarating shift in perspective. . . . "1491" erases our myth of a wilderness Eden. It replaces that fallacy with evidence of a different genesis, exciting and closer to true."
"--The Cleveland Plain Dealer"
"Mann tells a powerful, provocative and important story. . . . "1491" vividly compels us to re-examine how we teach the ancient history of the Americas and how we live with the environmental consequences of colonization."
"--The Washington Post Book World"
"Engagingly written and utterly absorbing. . . . Part detective story, part epic and part tragedy."
"--The Miami Herald
"
"Provocative. . . . A Jared Diamond-like volley that challenges prevailing thinking about global development. Mann has chronicled an important shift in our vision of world development, one out young children could end up studying in their text books when they reach junior high."
"--San Francisco Chronicle
"
"Marvelous. . . . A revelation. . . . Our concept of pure wilderness untouched by grubby human hands must now be jettisoned."
"--The New York Sun
"
"Monumental. . . . Mann slips in so many fresh, new interpretations of American history that it all adds up to a deeply subversive work."
"--Salon
"
"Concise and brilliantly entertaining. . . . Reminiscent of John McPhee's eloquence with scientific detail."
"--Los Angeles Times
"

A journalistic masterpiece.
" The New York Review of Books"
Marvelous. . . . A sweeping portrait of human life in the Americas before the arrival of Columbus. . . . A remarkably engaging writer.
" The New York Times Book Review"
Fascinating. . . . A landmark of a book that drops ingrained images of colonial American into the dustbin, one after the other.
" The Boston Globe"
A ripping, man-on-the-ground tour of a world most of us barely intuit. . . . An exhilarating shift in perspective. . . . "1491" erases our myth of a wilderness Eden. It replaces that fallacy with evidence of a different genesis, exciting and closer to true.
" The Cleveland Plain Dealer"
Mann tells a powerful, provocative and important story. . . . "1491" vividly compels us to re-examine how we teach the ancient history of the Americas and how we live with the environmental consequences of colonization.
" The Washington Post Book World"
Engagingly written and utterly absorbing. . . . Part detective story, part epic and part tragedy.
" The Miami Herald
"
Provocative. . . .A Jared Diamond-like volley that challenges prevailing thinking about global development. Mann has chronicled an important shift in our vision of world development, one out young children could end up studying in their text books when they reach junior high.
" San Francisco Chronicle
"
Marvelous. . . .A revelation. . . . Our concept of pure wilderness untouched by grubby human hands must now be jettisoned.
" The New York Sun
"
Monumental. . . . Mann slips in so many fresh, new interpretations of American history that it all adds up to a deeply subversive work.
" Salon
"
Concise and brilliantly entertaining. . . . Reminiscent of John McPhee's eloquence with scientific detail.
" Los Angeles Times
""

A journalistic masterpiece.
The New York Review of Books
Marvelous. . . . A sweeping portrait of human life in the Americas before the arrival of Columbus. . . . A remarkably engaging writer.
The New York Times Book Review
Fascinating. . . . A landmark of a book that drops ingrained images of colonial American into the dustbin, one after the other.
The Boston Globe
A ripping, man-on-the-ground tour of a world most of us barely intuit. . . . An exhilarating shift in perspective. . . . 1491 erases our myth of a wilderness Eden. It replaces that fallacy with evidence of a different genesis, exciting and closer to true.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer
Mann tells a powerful, provocative and important story. . . . 1491 vividly compels us to re-examine how we teach the ancient history of the Americas and how we live with the environmental consequences of colonization.
The Washington Post Book World
Engagingly written and utterly absorbing. . . . Part detective story, part epic and part tragedy.
The Miami Herald

Provocative. . . .A Jared Diamond-like volley that challenges prevailing thinking about global development. Mann has chronicled an important shift in our vision of world development, one out young children could end up studying in their text books when they reach junior high.
San Francisco Chronicle

Marvelous. . . .A revelation. . . . Our concept of pure wilderness untouched by grubby human hands must now be jettisoned.
The New York Sun

Monumental. . . . Mann slips in so many fresh, new interpretations of American history that it all adds up to a deeply subversive work.
Salon

Concise and brilliantly entertaining. . . . Reminiscent of John McPhee's eloquence with scientific detail.
Los Angeles Times

"

"A journalistic masterpiece."
--The New York Review of Books

"Marvelous. . . . A sweeping portrait of human life in the Americas before the arrival of Columbus. . . . A remarkably engaging writer."
--The New York Times Book Review

"Fascinating. . . . A landmark of a book that drops ingrained images of colonial American into the dustbin, one after the other."
--The Boston Globe

"A ripping, man-on-the-ground tour of a world most of us barely intuit. . . . An exhilarating shift in perspective. . . . 1491 erases our myth of a wilderness Eden. It replaces that fallacy with evidence of a different genesis, exciting and closer to true."
--The Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Mann tells a powerful, provocative and important story. . . . 1491 vividly compels us to re-examine how we teach the ancient history of the Americas and how we live with the environmental consequences of colonization."
--The Washington Post Book World

"Engagingly written and utterly absorbing. . . . Part detective story, part epic and part tragedy."
--The Miami Herald

"Provocative. . . . A Jared Diamond-like volley that challenges prevailing thinking about global development. Mann has chronicled an important shift in our vision of world development, one out young children could end up studying in their text books when they reach junior high."
--San Francisco Chronicle

"Marvelous. . . . A revelation. . . . Our concept of pure wilderness untouched by grubby human hands must now be jettisoned."
--The New York Sun

"Monumental. . . . Mann slips in so many fresh, new interpretations of American history that it all adds up to a deeply subversive work."
--Salon

"Concise and brilliantly entertaining. . . . Reminiscent of John McPhee's eloquence with scientific detail."
--Los Angeles Times

About the Author

Charles C. Mann, a correspondent for The Atlantic, Science, and Wired, has written for Fortune, The New York Times, Smithsonian, Technology Review, Vanity Fair, and The Washington Post, as well as for the TV network HBO and the series Law & Order. A three-time National Magazine Award finalist, he is the recipient of writing awards from the American Bar Association, the American Institute of Physics, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Lannan Foundation. His 1491 won the National Academies Communication Award for the best book of the year. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.


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