Charles C. Mann

The Event

Charles C. Mann


17 March 2006

MannThe John Adams Institute is proud to present an evening with award-winning American journalist and author Charles C. Mann
U.S. journalist dispels myths about native America at Amsterdam’s John Adams Institute

Mann has been called both ‘revisionist’ and ‘revolutionary’. His latest work – 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus (Nieuw Amsterdam publishers: 1491; De ontdekking van precolumbiaans Amerika) – traces the early history of the continent and dispels long-held beliefs about native American civilizations.

Based on new compilations of evidence, he paints a vivid portrait of sophisticated, thriving societies. Mann argues convincingly that the Inca fell to infection, not firepower, and that the untouched landscape of the Amazon rainforest is actually the product of long human intervention.

A correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, Science, and Wired, Mann has covered the intersection of science, technology, and commerce for newspapers and magazines in France, Germany, Italy and Japan.
A three-time National Magazine Award finalist, he has received writing prizes from the American Bar Association and the American Institute of Physics. He has also written for the television series Law and Order.


The Speaker:

Charles C. Mann (born 1955)[1] is an American journalist and author, specializing in scientific topics. He currently lives in Amherst, Massachusetts with his wife and children.[2]

He is the coauthor of four books, and contributing editor for Science, Atlantic Monthly, and “Wired“. He has also written for “Fortune“, “The New York Times“, “Smithsonian“, “Technology Review“, “Vanity Fair“, and “The Washington Post“.[3] In 2005 he wrote 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, followed in 2011 by 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created.[4] He served as a judge for the PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award in 2012.[5]

1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus won the National Academies Communication Award for best book of the year. 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.[3]

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Website Charles C. Mann

Time Magazine Review

Discover Magazine Interview with Mann

Articles by Charles C. Mann for Vanity Fair

The New York Times Review for 1491

Articles by Charles C. Mann for The Atlantic


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