From Charles C. Mann, the author of 1491, the best-selling study of the pre-Colombian Americas, comes this fascinating account of the ongoing biological cataclysm known as the Colombian Exchange. Most histories look either only at the “Big Picture” or get bogged down in the details. 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created (Knopf, $30.50), does both, and in the best possible way.  Here are the stories of the grand sweep of History, from the Slave Trade to the Potato Famine, but also of the personal struggles of the individuals caught up in the flow, people who had agency, but not always understanding of the forces, large and small, that influenced their lives. 

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Published: Knopf - August 9th, 2011

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This gorgeous new edition of the E.H. Gombrich favorite, A Little History of the World: Illustrated Edition (Yale Univ., $29.95), doesn’t just tell the story of civilization from its humble origins to its most grandiose inventions, it shows it, adding faces, maps, and designs to the leaders, places, and creations it discusses. Gombrich wrote this book in the 1930s, intending it as a primer for children to replace the dull, ineffectual texts forced on them. Anything but dull, and no longer just for children, if it ever really was, this Little History is an affectionate but not uncritical look at the world we’ve made.

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ISBN: 9780300176148
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Published: Yale University Press - November 1st, 2011

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Can’t get to the British Museum right now? Never mind—let it come to you, in the extraordinary sampling of its collections that is A History of the World in 100 Objects (Viking, $45). First presented as a BBC Radio 4 series, the book has been curated by a team of experts headed by Neil MacGregor, director of the British Museum. Chronicling material culture from a circa-240 BC Egyptian wooden mummy case to a solar-powered lamp made in China last year, this volume showcases the astounding variety of things humans have created. Here are mosaics and mirrors, ivory labels and gold capes, the Rosetta Stone and Hokusai’s The Great Wave. Arranged chronologically in twenty sections from the Olduvai Gorge era on, the volume presents each of the hundred objects in a full-color photograph accompanied by commentary describing the item’s role in its original culture as well as the significance it has gained in later ones. Most important, unlike conventional text-based histories—the ones written by the victors—this one is drawn from tangible relics and strives to convey what peoples lacking written records made of their experiences.

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Published: Penguin Books - September 24th, 2013

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