Sunday, January 22, 2012

1491, 1493: Charles Mann at Boston's Chilton Club

Entertaining, you ask?  Yes, Charles Mann, an avowed journalist by profession, is the author of many books, the most recent of which, 1491:  New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus and his latest book, 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created, he commented upon on Friday evening, entertaining his audience of New England Historical and Genealogical Society Trustees and their guests at the Chilton Club on Dartmouth Street in Boston.  Mann began his illustrated talk by sharing the color plates that initiated his interest in writing 1491 and 1493, the plates of "American Indians before Columbus" from his 8th grade United States history textbook, illustrations in which almost every detail was historically incorrect, from the image of Native Americans riding on horseback (there were no horses in the "New World" until AFTER Columbus), to the illustration of the arrival of Columbus on the shores of the "New World" (where, Mann pointed out, every face looked remarkably like George Washington's)!  Charles Mann was so entertaining (about a subject that could have been purely academic --  for academic, read boring) that I vowed to go out and buy both of his books about life on these shores before the arrival of Columbus.  Had college lectures been as entertaining, no doubt Marash Girl would have a Ph.D.  today!

Marash Girl herewith offers her thanks to NEHGS Trustee Bonnie Reilly for the entertaining and informative evening!  Now, dear reader, go out and get those books!


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