1491 [Cd] (Abridged)

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1491 [Cd] (Abridged) Native Americans
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In a groundbreaking study, Charles C. Mann challenges traditional assumptions about the Americas prior to the arrival of the Europeans in 1492, revealing how a new generation of researchers equipped with novel scientific techniques have come to surprising conclusions. Mann sheds clarifying light on the methods used to arrive at these new visions of the pre-Columbian Americas and how they have affected our understanding of our history and our thinking about the environment. Presented on 9 CDs, running time approximately 11 1/4 hours.

Editorial Reviews

This production is--as most nonfiction audios ought to be--a "reading" as distinct from a "performance." Johnson renders this thoroughly researched, well-written history of early North and South American Indian populations in a strong, clear voice, with excellent intonation. His diction is almost too perfect--one occasionally focuses on pronunciation rather than content. Most of the book is written in narrative form that sweeps listeners through an exciting rethinking of all we ever learned about when so-called Indians first inhabited the American continents and how they may have come here, about their numbers, religions, cultures, inventions, social structures and their relations to European invaders and settlers. When Mann relates the internecine battles among schools of anthropologists and archeologists, however, the listener might wish he had the book in hand for clarity. It might be wise from the start to make a list of the numerous Indian and European individuals and groupings. This audiobook is well worth the trouble. Simultaneous release with the Knopf hardcover (Reviews, June 20). (August)

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