- Audible Audiobook
- Listening Length: 17 hours and 51 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Random House Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: August 9, 2011
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005GIH22A
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
|New from||Used from|
|Free with your Audible trial|
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
1491 reconstructs what North and South America were like before European contact, showing that the Americas were among the most densely populated regions of the world. Some of the cities in Mesoamerica and South America were bigger and more sophisticated than Europe’s most advanced cities at the time.
1493 chronicles global changes resulting from the interaction between continents, what Mann calls the Homogenocene, rewriting global ecosystems through the transportation of immigrants, slaves, new crop plants, livestock, pests, and diseases. Mann shows how malaria imported from Africa shaped colonies and influenced slavery in the New World, and how African colonization was often a bigger force in reshaping the Americas than European colonization. He shows how exploited riches of gold and silver sparked global trade networks and enriched some, but also flooded the markets with such vast wealth as to devalue precious metals and cause economic collapse instead of prosperity. Mann follows the trail of American crops that were introduced to the rest of the world, such as potatoes, tomatoes, maize, sweet potatoes, and rubber, showing how American foods helped stabilize and grow European populations, fueling global empire-building, and of course, crashes such as the Irish potato famine. From Asia to the Americas to Europe, Mann demonstrates how the discovery of the Americas reshaped the entire world, for better or worse, into a more homogenous mix of people, crops, and pests. It is a great read for understanding world history and the roots of globalization.
Some of these migrations were good, some was bad. Mr. Mann covers both sides of the story in a readable book.
This book, for those not aware of the Colombian Exchange is a game changer as far as your view of world history. In actuality, world history begins with the Colombian Exchange, prior to that we had a history of the world. What the settling of the Americas wrought was an exchange of animal and plant life to around the entire planet. In terms of disease, the Americas were virgin territory and at some point the Americas were going to be found, either by Europeans or by Asian and in then the Americas were going to be depopulated by disease, It was regrettable and inevitable. Potatoes came from Peru, rubber plants from Brazil, guano from the Caribbean fertilized Europe for a long time. Europe brought more than disease and horses, prior tot he European movement to the Americas there were no earthworms here. Rubber plants had an enormous and not always beneficent effect on China; potatoes fed more than Ireland; guano increased food production and brought various and sundry diseases with it carried by little bugs. Mann is a journalist and the book is read bale and accessible and it can be enjoyed by a bright high school student. It was assigned to me in a graduate history class and believe me, the readability was a nice change.
The other side of the story, Europeans affect on the Americas and other places may be found in Andrew Crosby's excellent book, "Ecological Imperialism: The Biological Expansion of Europe , 900-1900." This book is also readable if a little more academic in that it has extensive endnotes.
Mann does not hesitate to nail those who Europeans who resurrected slavery in the new world in order to drain every dollar out of it that they could. But, the joy and wonder in this book is the connections he makes showing how new world plants and ideas deeply affected the old world and vice versa. Brilliant writer, brilliant book.