Charles C. Mann

Charles C. Mann (born 1955)[1] is an American journalist and author, specializing in scientific topics. His book 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus won the National Academies Communication Award for best book of the year. He is the coauthor of four books, and contributing editor for Science, The Atlantic Monthly, and Wired.

Mann has also written for Fortune, The New York Times, Smithsonian, Technology Review, Vanity Fair, and The Washington Post.[2] In 2005 he wrote 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, followed in 2011 by 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created.[3] He served as a judge for the PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award in 2012.[4]

He is a three-time National Magazine Award finalist and a recipient of writing awards from the American Bar Association, the American Institute of Physics, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Lannan Foundation.[2] He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts with his wife and children.[5]

In 2018, Mann published The Wizard and the Prophet, which details two competing theories about the future of agriculture, population, and the environment.[6][7] The titular "wizard" Mann refers to is Norman Borlaug, the Nobel Peace Prize winner credited with developing the Green Revolution and saving 1 billion people from starvation.[8] Mann refers to William Vogt, an early proponent of population control, as the "prophet."[9]

Charles C. Mann
OccupationJournalist, author
ResidenceAmherst, Massachusetts
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materAmherst College
Notable works
  • 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
  • 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created
Notable awardsNational Academies Communication Award
National Magazine Award (finalist)


  • Mann, Charles C. & Mark L. Plummer (1991). The aspirin wars : money, medicine, and 100 years of rampant competition. New York: Knopf.
  • (With Robert P. Crease) The Second Creation: Makers of the Revolution in 20th-Century Physics, 1986; rev. ed., 1995
  • (With Mark L. Plummer) Noah’s Choice: The Future of Endangered Species, 1995
  • (With David H. Freedman) @ Large: The Strange Case of the World's Biggest Internet Invasion, 1997
  • 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, Knopf, 2005
  • "Our Good Earth: The future rests on the soil beneath our feet; Can we save it?" National Geographic, September 2008. 80-107.
  • 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created, Knopf, 2011
  • "State of the Species: Does success spell doom for Homo sapiens?", Orion Magazine, November/December 2012.
  • 1493 for Young People: From Columbus's Voyage to Globalization, Seven Stories Press, 2015.
  • Mann, Charles C. (January 2018). "The Book That Incited a Worldwide Fear of Overpopulation". Smithsonian.
  • Mann, Charles C. (January 2018). The Wizard and the Prophet: Two Remarkable Scientists and Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow's World. New York: Knopf. ISBN 978-0307961693.
  • Mann, Charles C. (March 2018). "Can Planet Earth Feed 10 Billion People?". The Atlantic (Web version). Retrieved 26 January 2018.

Critical studies and reviews of Mann's work


  1. ^ Date information sourced from Library of Congress Authorities data, via corresponding WorldCat Identities linked authority file (LAF).
  2. ^ a b Mann, Charles C. (2011). 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. p. 537: A Note About the Author. ISBN 978-0-307-26572-2.
  3. ^ "The World Columbus Created". RadioWest website. Retrieved May 29, 2012.
  4. ^ "Announcing the 2012 PEN Literary Award Recipients". PEN American Center. October 15, 2012. Retrieved February 6, 2013.
  5. ^ "Charles C. Mann: Biography". Retrieved 22 February 2012.
  6. ^ "The Conversation". The Atlantic. 1 May 2018. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  7. ^ Wylheme H. Ragland (15 April 2018). "Book Review: Two scientists' view of progress, pain". The Decatur Daily. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  8. ^ M.J. Anderson (27 April 2018). "Recalling the birth of environmentalism". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  9. ^ Taylor Broby (5 February 2018). "'The Wizard and the Prophet' review: Charles C. Mann explores the future of food on our planet". Newsday. Retrieved 2 May 2018.

External links

1491 (disambiguation)

1491 (MCDXCI) was a common year.

1491 may also refer to:

1491 (musical), 1969 musical by Meredith Willson

1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, 2005 non-fiction book by American author Charles C. Mann

1491 Balduinus, outer main-belt asteroid


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Beni Department

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Charles Mann

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Hevea brasiliensis

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Lagoa Santa, Minas Gerais

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Longhai City

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Longhai has a population of 801,100.

Marajoara culture

The Marajoara or Marajó culture was a pre-Columbian era society that flourished on Marajó island at the mouth of the Amazon River. In a survey, Charles C. Mann suggests the culture appeared to flourish between 800 AD and 1400 AD, based on archeological studies. Researchers have documented that there was human activity at these sites as early as 1000 BC. The culture seems to have persisted into the colonial era.


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A milpa is a field, usually but not always recently cleared, in which farmers plant a dozen crops at once including maize, avocados, multiple varieties of squash and bean, melon, tomatoes, chilis, sweet potato, jícama, amaranth, and mucuna.... Milpa crops are nutritionally and environmentally complementary. Maize lacks the amino acids lysine and tryptophan, which the body needs to make proteins and niacin;.... Beans have both lysine and tryptophan.... Squashes, for their part, provide an array of vitamins; avocados, fats. The milpa, in the estimation of H. Garrison Wilkes, a maize researcher at the University of Massachusetts in Boston, "is one of the most successful human inventions ever created."

The concept of milpa is a sociocultural construct rather than simply a system of agriculture. It involves complex interactions and relationships between farmers, as well as distinct personal relationships with both the crops and land. For example, it has been noted that "the making of milpa is the central, most sacred act, one which binds together the family, the community, the universe...[it] forms the core institution of Indian society in Mesoamerica and its religious and social importance often appear to exceed its nutritional and economic importance."Milpitas, California derives its name from the Nahuatl term "milpa" followed by the Spanish feminine diminutive plural suffix "-itas".

Nomads of the Longbow

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Pniese refers to certain elite warriors of the Algonquin people of Eastern Massachusetts - specifically of the Pokanoket tribe of the Wamponoag - in seventeenth-century New England. They "were warriors of special abilities and stamina (it was said a pniese could not be killed in battle) who were responsible collecting tribute for his sachem." Philbrick names Hobbamock of the Pokanokets, and one of sachem Massasoit's men, as pnieses.

According to Philbrick, both Hobbamock and Squanto (the shortened name for Tisquntum) were named after Indian spirits of darkness. Squanto has a prominent place in the founding history of Plymouth Plantation.

While Philbrick specifically mentions Squanto as not being a pniese, an article by Charles C. Mann in The Smithsonian Magazine implies that he was, and gives information about pniese training. The training was more rigorous than that of his friends, "for it seems that he was selected to become a pniese, a kind of counselor-bodyguard to the sachem." Pniese were expected to learn the art of ignoring pain, by, for instance, "running barelegged through brambles," and by fasting, "to learn self-discipline. After spending their winter in the woods, pniese candidates came back to an additional test: drinking bitter gentian juice until they vomited, repeating this process over and over."

Population history of indigenous peoples of the Americas

The population figure of indigenous peoples of the Americas before the 1492 voyage of Christopher Columbus has proven difficult to establish. Scholars rely on archaeological data and written records from European settlers. Most scholars writing at the end of the 19th century estimated that the pre-Columbian population was as low as 10 million; by the end of the 20th century most scholars gravitated to a middle estimate of around 50 million, with some historians arguing for an estimate of 100 million or more. Contact with the Europeans led to the European colonization of the Americas, in which millions of immigrants from Europe eventually settled in the Americas.

The population of African and Eurasian peoples in the Americas grew steadily, while the indigenous population plummeted. Eurasian diseases such as influenza, pneumonic plagues, and smallpox devastated the Native Americans, who did not have immunity to them. Conflict and outright warfare with Western European newcomers and other American tribes further reduced populations and disrupted traditional societies. The extent and causes of the decline have long been a subject of academic debate, along with its characterization as a genocide.

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Silent Spring

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Starting in the late 1950s, prior to the book's publication, Carson had focused her attention on environmental conservation, especially environmental problems that she believed were caused by synthetic pesticides. The result of her research was Silent Spring, which brought environmental concerns to the American public. The book was met with fierce opposition by chemical companies, but, owing to public opinion, it brought about numerous changes. It spurred a reversal in the United States' national pesticide policy, led to a nationwide ban on DDT for agricultural uses, and helped to inspire an environmental movement that led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.Over three decades later, in 1996, a follow-up book, Beyond Silent Spring, co-written by H.F. van Emden and David Peakall, was published. In 2006, Silent Spring was named one of the 25 greatest science books of all time by the editors of Discover magazine.

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