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1491

New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus

by Charles C. Mann

1491 by Charles C. Mann X
1491 by Charles C. Mann
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    Aug 2005, 480 pages
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    Oct 2006, 528 pages

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The article that formed the basis for this book was originally published in The Atlantic Monthly in 2002.  If, after reading the extensive book excerpt and author interview at BookBrowse, you want to read more you can read the Atlantic Monthly article here.  Also of interest is an extensive review in the Washington Post Book World written by Alan Taylor, the author of American Colonies, and a professor of history at the University of California at Davis.

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In response to the frequently asked question, "why do you have a 'pretentious' C in your name?" Charles C Mann replies, "I get asked about this a lot, occasionally in exactly those words. The answer is not very interesting. I am named after my two grandfathers. My first name is my maternal grandfather’s name. My middle name is my paternal grandfather’s name. The latter knew I wanted to write and informed me that he would be highly annoyed if his name was left out of my byline. I didn’t have the courage actually to use his name, which would have given me an unwieldy double-barreled byline. So I compromised and used his initial. There you have it. Like I said, not all that interesting.

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