Summary: This YA edition of 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus summarizes modern findings of American civilization prior to the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the "New" World.
Verdict: A great supplement if the local school system is still teaching that eurocentric "noble savage" curriculum.
Yay!: If you've only heard the usual textbook story of Colombus and the Spanish conquistadors arriving in the Americas to find an unspoiled, barely populated wilderness, you should take a look at the findings described in this book. Most of the finds are far from recent, but history is slow to be revised in addition to being written by the victors. Mann debunks the concept of the Americas as unsettled wilderness inhabited by primitive peoples.
Nay!: If you like reading about this topic or watching documentaries on it, skip this read. You won't learn much new information, and the writing style is dull.
Quick question: WHY do we still celebrate Columbus Day?