History Study Group
We will be beginning a new book, 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created (2011), by Charles Mann. A new paperback edition of this book can be had for $15 - $18, and an ebook is only $5. For the 3rd we will read through Part One.
This book is a companion to the author's book, 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, which won numerous awards and that we read a couple of years ago. However, the books are separate and one does not have to read 1491 in order to understand 1493. While the former covers recent research on the status of human populations in the Americas at the time of Columbus' arrival, the latter discusses the Columbian Exchange that followed, good and bad.
Our group will do their own exchange: sharing ideas and insights into the book and our own experiences. But this will be all good.