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Before Columbus : the Americas of 1491

Publication Type:

Book

Source:

A downtown bookworks book, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Volume 1st, New York, p.117 (2009)

Call Number:

Cubb Curr E61 .M267 2009

URL:

http://searchworks.stanford.edu/view/8491580

Keywords:

America--Antiquities, America--Antiquities--Juvenile literature, American Library Association Best Books for YA 2010, Indians--Antiquities, Indians--Antiquities--Juvenile literature, Indians--History, Indians--History--Juvenile literature, Indians--Origin, Indians--Origin--Juvenile literature, School Library Journal Best Books 2009

Abstract:

Contents: 1: How old was the "new world"? -- Cities in the desert -- Genetic engineering -- From Olmec to Maya -- To the land of four quarters -- 2: Why did Europe succeed? -- The great meeting -- Long, long ago -- Extinction -- Disease-free paradise? -- 3: Were the Americas really a wilderness? -- Amazonia -- Land of fire -- The created wilderness.; Summary: 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.

Notes:

Lexile measure 1080; ages 10-15; general nonfiction