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By Charles C. Mann

Up until eventually very lately it was once believed that during 1491, the 12 months ahead of Columbus landed, the Americas, one-third of the earth's floor, have been a near-pristine wasteland inhabited through 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 effect at the land than formerly believed. this data has huge, immense implications for trendy environmental disputes, but little has filtered into textbooks or even much less into public understanding. Mann brings jointly all the newest examine, and the result of his personal travels all through North and South the USA, to supply a brand new, interesting and iconoclastic account of the Americas sooner than Columbus.

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