Fresh Air, 1493

Charles C. Mann’s two books debunking what we think we know about the new world before and immediately after Columbus, jumped up Amazon’s sales rankings after the author was interviewed on NPR’s Fresh Air yesterday.

Sales rank: 10 (from 105 yesterday)
1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created, Charles C. Mann, Knopf, Knopf, 8/9/11; audio, Books on Tape

Sales rank: 50 (from 773 yesterday)
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, Charles C. Mann, Knopf , 8/9/05; now in trade pbk from Vintage, 9781400032051 and audio from Highbridge

Mann said that the arrivial of Columbus marked “…a tremendous ecological convulsion — the greatest event in the history of life since the death of the dinosaurs.”

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