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Before Columbus : the Americas of 1491 / Charles C. Mann.

Mann, Charles C. (Author).

Available copies

  • 3 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 3 of 3 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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Bagley Public Library J 970.01 MAN (Text) 33500010278703 Main Available -
Mahnomen Public Library J 970.01 MAN (Text) 33500010278687 Main Available -
Moorhead Public Library J 970.01 MAN (Text) 33500012761672 Main Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781416949008 (reinforced) :
  • ISBN: 1416949003 (reinforced) :
  • Physical Description: ix, 116 p. : col. ill., col. maps ; 27 cm.
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c2009.

Content descriptions

General Note:
MN American Indian literature.
"A Downtown Bookworks book."
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (p. 110) and index.
Summary, etc.:
This study of Native American societies is adapted for younger readers from Charles C. Mann's best-selling 1491. Turning conventional wisdom on its head, the book argues that the people of North and South America lived in enormous cities, raised pyramids hundreds of years before the Egyptians did, engineered corn, and farmed the rainforests.
Target Audience Note:
Ages 8 up.
Awards Note:
A Junior Library Guild selection

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2009 September #1
    *Starred Review* Mann's successful adult book 1491 (2006) is reshaped here for a younger audience, to good effect. Certainly, the material is fascinating. Mann's major point is that much of what's considered common knowledge about the Americas is now under reconsideration. Moreover, new discoveries make possible a rethinking of civilization's beginnings altogether. The book starts with the discovery of prehistoric inhabitants in Peru, whose civilization is as old as, or older than, Sumer in the Middle East. Moreover, pyramids appeared in Peru first as well. After these startling observations, Mann divides his book into several parts, one of which looks at how the Old World was able to defeat the New World (disease helped) and the question of whether the Americas were actually a wilderness. Much has been done to repackage the information for a middle-school audience. Historical engravings and bold art, including work from Diego Rivera, demand attention, meshing well with clean pages and a good-size typeface (yet the maps could use more explanation). The narrative is inviting, too, though the material still remains dense in places. Catnip for budding historians or archaeologists. Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Charles C. Mann is the author of 1491, which won the U.S. National Academy of Sciences&; Keck award for the best book of the year. A correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, Science, and Wired, he has covered the intersection of science, technology, and commerce for many newspapers and magazines here and abroad, including the New York Times, Vanity Fair, the Washington Post, and more.  In addition to 1491, he was the co-author of four other non-fiction books. He is now working on a companion volume to 1491. His website is

Subject: Indians > Origin > Juvenile literature.
Indians > History > Juvenile literature.
Indians > Antiquities > Juvenile literature.
America > Antiquities > Juvenile literature.
Indians > Origin.
Indians > History.
Indians > Antiquities.
America > Antiquities.

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