warren Cassell's Reviews > 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus

1491 by Charles C. Mann
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This may be the worst book I have read since college. This may be because it was supposed to be a so-called popular history, written by a journalist and not weighed down by the gobbledygook of academia. 1491 was a rambling, disorganized and repetitive account of life in the Americas prior to Columbus’s visit. Despite that, the author spends much of his time describing events after Columbus. He also extrapolates population size in the early Americas using questionable methods and comes up with more people living here (100,000,000) than there were living in Europe at the time. The book was poorly written, dense and sleep inducing. About a quarter ways through the book, when I had to read yet another paragraph a second time, I gave up.
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