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1491
1491: New Revelations Of The Americas Before Columbus | Charles C. Mann
An analysis of America prior to 1492 describes how the research of archaeologists and anthropologists has transformed myths about the Americas, revealing that the cultures were far older and more advanced than previously known.
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Lynnsoprano
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I love having adult kids who are readers with libraries. I mentioned to @Ambrosnazzy that I had finished 1493 and would like to read 1491 sometime. The next thing I know, it‘s moved from her library to mine😍

Dragon 👍😀🐉 1mo
Izai.Amorim You did a good job raising them! 1mo
Lynnsoprano @Izai.Amorim I like to think so 😊 1mo
Lcsmcat My Mom and sisterand I do this too! 1mo
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kristenmaggie

I am only 1/4 of the way through this book but my mind is blown. I genuinely look forward to reading this every day when I get home from work

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Jedi_Bruno
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Mcroft2552
Mehso-so

Interesting, but kind of a personal walking tour verses a scientific account that I was looking for.

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OrangeMooseReads
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This fantastic bag was also in my box
Thank you again @MarthaG for the wonderful gifts and generosity

CoverToCoverGirl Oh wow! 😍❤️ 8mo
Tanzy13 Powell‘s is amazing 🙂 8mo
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CaseyMoore

‪Coffee, classical music, and 1491 by Charles C. Mann. Nice way to start a day.‬

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CaseyMoore
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Current stack of books I am reading.

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MrCoachU
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Just added to my currently reading list. #MrRogers #BobRoss

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Kimberlone
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Spent Saturday/Sunday at a friend‘s family‘s cabin near Talkeetna, AK. They have tons of books around the house - here‘s just one shelf I took a snap of.

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UrsulaMonarch
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Incredibly informative and interesting. I learned a lot and haven't been able to stop thinking about this book. I really liked how balanced it seemed, at least to a lay reader. However, I also felt like it was too broad-ranging and jumbled together - I would have preferred a narrower scope or a little less detail in some areas.

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Readerann
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Interesting stuff. To think I hated history in high school. Go figure! 🤔

4thhouseontheleft Me too! And now I read historical nonfiction by choice. 😂 1y
BookMaven407 🐶💕 1y
UwannaPublishme 😁👍🏻 1y
Readerann @4thhouseontheleft Isn‘t it funny how much more you might enjoy a book if you don‘t HAVE to read it?! 1y
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jdtchicago

In the Amazon, the turn to swidden was unfortunate. Slash-and-burn cultivation has become one of the driving forces behind the loss of tropical forest. Although swidden does permit the forest to regrow, it is wildly inefficient and environmentally unsound...the very existence of so much healthy forest after 12 thousand years of use by large populations suggests that whatever Indians did before swidden must have been ecologically more sustainable.

GFB Still one of my favourite non fiction books! 2y
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jdtchicago

Maize had an equivalent impact on much of the rest of the world after Columbus introduced it to Europe. Central Europeans became especially hooked on it; by the nineteenth century, maize was the daily bread of Serbia, Romania, and Moldavia

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Pilgrim writers universally reported that Wampanoag families were close and loving—more so than English families, some thought. Europeans in those days tended to view children as moving straight from infancy to adulthood around the age of seven, and often thereupon sent them out to work. Indian parents, by contrast, regarded the years before puberty as a time of playful development, and kept their offspring close by until marriage.

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all states can be parceled into four types: pluralist, in which the state is seen by its people as having moral legitimacy; populist, in which government is viewed as an expression of the people‘s will; “great beast,” in which the rulers‘ power depends on using force to keep the populace cowed; and “great fraud,” in which the elite uses smoke and mirrors to convince the people of its inherent authority.

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Voltaire, Locke, Rousseau, and Hobbes never had a chance to speak with these men or even know of their existence—and here, at last, we begin to appreciate the enormity of the calamity, for the distintegration of native America was a loss not just to those societies but to the human enterprise as a whole.

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In 1491 the Inka ruled the greatest empire on earth. Bigger than Ming Dynasty China, bigger than Ivan the Great‘s expanding Russia, bigger than Songhay in the Sahel or powerful Great Zimbabwe in the West Africa tablelands, bigger than the cresting Ottoman Empire, bigger than the Triple Alliance (as the Aztec empire is more precisely known), bigger by far than any European state, the Inka dominion extended over a staggering 32 degrees of latitude

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On Columbus‘s later voyages, his crew happily accepted godhood—until the Taino began empirically testing their divinity by forcing their heads underwater for long periods to see if the Spanish were, as gods should be, immortal.

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Wow. What a mind-expanding, door-opening book. Highly recommended, especially for any #teachersoflitsy looking to add to their world history or American history curriculums. Mann does a great job giving respect to his subjects and explaining multiple scholarly points of view on what life was like in the Americas before Columbus. You won't believe it till you read it!

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k.reads
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#knittersoflitsy

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Great emoji equation! 2y
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k.reads
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Averaging two scarves per audiobook (🐢...but getting faster 💁🏻) and in to the next! Gotta get those Christmas presents DONE 🤘🏼

This book is interesting so far. I was in school less than a decade ago and still my education on native peoples was pretty dismal. This seems like a great place to start filling in some knowledge gaps.

P.s. That's yarn with reflective tape in it for nighttime reflecto safety magic.

Smangela That reflective yarn is awesome! 2y
k.reads @Smangela I'm pretty excited about it! 2y
Texreader So so beautiful! You've got talent! And speed! 2y
EloisaJames The reflective tape is fantastic!! 2y
k.reads @Texreader @EloisaJames Thanks guys! 😁 2y
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Donna_sBookMinute
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I'll be selecting from these titles for #NonfictionNovember
?1491; Mann
?Between the World and Me; Coates
?The Myth of Christian Beginnings; Dame
?Our Black Year; Anderson
?Christianity Before Christ; Jackson
With the shopping season approaching, I'll start with "Our Black Year" which I bought in January. @RealLifeReading

SaraFair Looking forward to hearing about these titles! 3y
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jdtchicago

The Maya collapsed because they overshot the carrying capacity of their environment. They exhausted their resource base, began to die of starvation and thirst, and fled their cities en masse, leaving them as silent warnings of the perils of ecological hubris.

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Seshat
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More of a detailed #shelfie avec ancestral library step. Yes, I have an ancestral library step.

LeahBergen Lucky you! And I can't help combing your shelves to see what I own (The Folio 2-part Greek Myths, for instance 😉) 3y
Libby1 Ancestral library step?!? ❤️ 3y
Seshat Thanks, @LeahBergen I got a good deal on the set used from Amazon. 3y
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Seshat @Libby1 Yeah. I'm not sure which of Mom's ancestors it is from. 3y
Hornsby78 Okay wait a minute. It has hinges on it. We're gonna need a photo of it from the side with that top part folded down so we can see what's happening there. #Nosy #AntiqueFurniture 3y
Linsy Love it!! 3y
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Seshat
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A very worthy anti-Columbus day read that will make you rethink a lot of things.

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Whitneyrwaller
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I don't know why but I love this. Also where do I sign up to become a fire ecologist....🔥⚡️🌎

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So I had to bail on this book because it was taking me so long to read. Also I might be in a bit of a non-fiction slump. I also have 12 books checked out from the library, I will definitely be buying this book or borrowing it again in the near future.

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Whitneyrwaller
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They mention this and 1493 so much on the Stuff You Should Know podcast I had to check it out.

annahenke I've had this forever. Let me know what you think! 3y
MrBook Love that podcast! Added 😊👍🏻! 3y
Whitneyrwaller I loved this! So well written and so much information I had never heard before. 3y
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It's the second day in September and I'm starting this book today. What a coincidence! #somethingforsept

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When you go to the library to pick up a book from hold but you decide to take a look around first. 😅

RealLifeReading H is for Hawk is an excellent one! 3y
[DELETED] 3321848774 @RealLifeReading it's been on my TBR list for awhile! I actually was walking towards a different section, saw it on the shelf and turned around to grab it. 😝 3y
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