This is not the kind of American history most people think of when they hear that term. However, this book is also a book on American history. It’s title “1491” should give you a clue as to what it’s about. What were the Americas like before Columbus. The answer will surprise most people and upend your idea of Native Americans.
While this may not sound like an important topic I think it’s particularly timely (pun always intended) considering that Native Americans and the flow of oil have recently been mentioned together in the headlines.
Are the Native Americans following a false narrative about themselves? The left certainly has bought into one. Read this book to find out.
Also, it is a very interesting book. The second edition is the one to get as there are a few changes made (one that I suggested by the way) that will make the reading more accurate.
“In this groundbreaking work of science, history, and archaeology, Charles C. Mann radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of Columbus in 1492.
Contrary to what so many Americans learn in school, the pre-Columbian Indians were not sparsely settled in a pristine wilderness; rather, there were huge numbers of Indians who actively molded and influenced the land around them.”