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  •  "1491" by Charles Mann (4+ / 0-)
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    KenBee, filby, Anak, MichaelNY

    I assume someone has mentioned this great book already in the comments, but it's not near the top, so let me just say that Mann goes through the latest scholarship on pre-Columbian America and it's a real eye-opener. The decimation of two continents by disease following first contact - and the loss of those societies' philosophies, science, art and history - was the greatest catastrophe in human history, hands down.

    •  You mean the greatest catastrophe yet. :-) (0+ / 0-)

      Global warming is lining up to be the greatest catastrophe ever -- the loss of biological diversity is even less replaceable.

      Read pp. 1-7 of Krugman's _The Great Unraveling_ (available from Google Books). NOW.

      by neroden on Sun Jan 30, 2011 at 09:20:48 PM PST

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