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An important read for younger people,
This review is from: Before Columbus: The Americas of 1491 (Hardcover)
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I knew that something didn't sound quite right when I was told that Christopher Columbus discovered America at school. Even back then as a small child, I wondered what the real truth was and what ancient civilizations must have flourished there in times long forgotten.
This book does a great job of highlighting the significance of civilizations that thrived before and during the founding of modern America, and reveals many fascinating facts and events that will thrill the younger (and older) reader. The book has a good balance of illustrations and photographs that provide some extra substance to the writing and should engage the reader with a shorter attention span.
I will certainly ensure that my child reads this book, as it contains not only the history of one of her family origins, but also fills a lot of gaps in history that have been poorly taught, at least in my experience as a pupil. I do recommend this book, but there is one major niggling aspect of it that is unfortunate. The writer uses the phrase "genetic engineering" to highlight the amazing advances made in selective plant breeding, but as we know, genetic engineering is a vastly different topic.