Mann has adaptedhis
successful adult book, 1491,
for younger audiences and produced a work that will be a valuable addition to
the study of New World civilizations in North, Central and South America. Mann pulls together
the work of expert researchers in anthropology, archeology and geology to
create a picture of life thousands of years before Columbus. Beginning with the
prehistoric societies of Peru, where the first pyramids were built, Mann
utilizes advances in current research to guide readers through the intricate
native societies that shaped the cultures of America. He goes on to examine the
mechanisms that allowed Old World conquerors to succeed.
Maps, sidebars, illustrations (photographs,old world engravings and works by Diego
Rivera), bibliography, glossary and websites enrich the work and offer abundant opportunities to
delve more deeply into this fascinating subject.