Books by Charles C. Mann

American journalist Charles C. Mann is a contributing editor to Science and Atlantic Monthly. His books include 1491 and 1493, both of which received a Kirkus star. Photo credit: J.D. Sloan


1493 by Charles C. Mann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 9, 2011

"Focusing on ecology and economics, Mann provides a spellbinding account of how an unplanned collision of unfamiliar animals, vegetables, minerals and diseases produced unforeseen wealth, misery, social upheaval and the modern world."
A fascinating chronicle of the "Columbian Exchange," which mixed old and new world elements to form today's integrated global culture, the "homogenocene." Read full book review >
BEFORE COLUMBUS by Charles C. Mann
FICTION
Released: Sept. 8, 2009

"Especially appealing is how the author shows young readers that history is not static, but dynamic, organic and ever-changing. (introduction, glossary, further reading, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10 & up)"
Mann adapts his acclaimed portrait of the Americas before European conquest and settlement into an engrossing, highly readable account for young people. Read full book review >
1491 by Charles C. Mann
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 12, 2005

"An excellent, and highly accessible, survey of America's past: a worthy companion to Jake Page's In the Hands of the Great Spirit (2003)."
Unless you're an anthropologist, it's likely that everything you know about American prehistory is wrong. Science journalist Mann's survey of the current knowledge is a bracing corrective. Read full book review >
Released: July 21, 1997

"With this extraordinary story and its hard-learned lessons, the authors should make more than a few of their readers wary of staking their privacy on the online world. (First serial to the Atlantic Monthly)"
 A real-life tale of cops vs. hackers, by two technology writers with a flair for turning a complicated crime and investigation into a fast-moving, edge-of-your-seat story. Read full book review >
NOAH'S CHOICE by Charles C. Mann
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Feb. 25, 1995

"While their conclusions will be highly controversial, this book is an admirable effort to deal fairly with both sides of a complex and critical issue."
 Must reading for anyone concerned about biodiversity and the fate of the hotly debated Endangered Species Act, which is up for congressional renewal in 1995. Read full book review >
THE ASPIRIN WARS by Charles C. Mann
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 6, 1991

"A well-told tale of greed, business acumen, and ongoing marketing genius that's also a microcosmic history of law, politics, and medical progress in the 20th century."
 The analogy to a military history is well fulfilled by this literate, compendious chronicle of the marketing of aspirin and its analgesic rivals, starting with the drug's final formulation in the late 1800's and ending with its current ``repositioning'' as a heart-attack preventive. Read full book review >