The World Columbus Created

May 30, 2012

Millions of years ago, geological forces ripped the world to pieces. Christopher Columbus changed all that though. When he sailed across the Atlantic, he began a process that knit the world back together ecologically and economically. It meant there would be tomatoes in Italy and coffee in Brazil. The journalist Charles Mann says while the costs and benefits are inseparable, 1493 marked the birth of the world we live in today. Mann is in Utah and he joins us to talk about his book called "1493."

Charles C. Mann is a correspondent for The Atlantic, Science, and Wired, and has written for The New York Times, and Smithsonian among many others. Among his books are 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus and most recently, 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created

Charles Mann is in Utah as a guest of the Salt Lake City Public Library. He'll speak as part of their "Authors Live" series, Thursday, May 31 at 7:00 p.m. at the Main Library Auditorium, 210 East 400 South in Salt Lake City. For more information, click here

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