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1493 by Charles C. Mann
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Jul 14, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: 2012-summer-books
Read from June 21 to 25, 2012

So, so glad I was able to get my hands on this during the summer. I read the predecessor, 1491, because Mann came to Wilmington as the Honors Spring Speaker. This book seemed less dry than 1491 but also less mind blowing. Perhaps this was a result of hearing Mann's speech in which he mostly talked about 1493. Perhaps this was a result of taking AP Euro in high school. I knew a lot of what the book talked about based on Mann's speech, though the details he had not included were still interesting. I also enjoyed the tangents he went on in regards to European, African, Indian, and Asian history.

From this book (and 1491) you will gain a greater knowledge of the before and after American (and by American I mean the NORTH and SOUTH American, not U.S.) picture than you would ever have gained from your somewhat sanitized AP Euro or AP US History class. Great read, very fascinating. Thanks again for expanding on what I know and changing what I thought I knew, Mr. Mann.
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