A Spanish language edition of the national best seller that debunks longstanding notions of Pre-Columbian Americas as pristine wilderness, arguing that enormous indigenous populations actively manipulated their environments, building cities and societies larger than those of their European contemporaries.
"Riveting and fast-paced. . . . Masterfully assembles a diverse body of scholarship into
a first-rate history of Native America and its inhabitants."--PW
"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
"Monumental. . . . Mann slips in so many fresh, new interpretations of American
history that it all adds up to a deeply subversive work."--Salon
About Charles C. Mann
CHARLES C. MANN is the author of 1493, a New York Times best-seller, and 1491, which won the U.S. National Academy of Sciences' Keck award or 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 National Geographic, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, and The Washington Post. In addition to 1491 and 1493, he is the co-author of five other books, one of which is a young person's version of 1491 called Before Columbus. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.