Club Book Episode 94 Charles C. Mann

New York Times bestselling historian Charles C. Mann is perhaps best known for his ground-breaking 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus. As the name suggests, 1491 challenges and corrects long-held assumptions about the indigenous peoples who populated the New World before European colonization. It won the prestigious National Academies Best Book Award. Mann’s meticulously researched follow-up, 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created, “ranges across continents and centuries to explain how the world we inhabit came to be” (The Washington Post). Changing gears, his newest project, The Wizard and the Prophet, tells the remarkable story of two influential yet little-known twentieth century scientists who laid the groundwork for the modern environmentalism movement. In a rave review, Sierra called it “an elegantly written, devoted testimonial to the art of the possible.”  In addition to his book-length scholarship, Mann is also a prolific correspondent and columnist for publications ranging from Smithsonian, to Fortune, to Vanity Fair.