This book claims that most of what we learned in school about the pre-Columbian Americas is wrong. Here are some of the interesting revelations contained in the book:
- Before 1491 there were probably more people living in the Americas than in Europe.
- Tenochtitlan, the Aztec capitol, was larger in population than any contemporary European city, with running water, beautiful botanical gardens, and immaculately clean streets.
- The earlier cities of the Western Hemispere were thriving before the Egyptians built the pyramids.
- Pre-Columbian Indians in Mexico developed corn by a breeding process so sophisticated that the journal Science recently described it as "man's first, and perhaps the greatest, feat of genetic engineering."
- Amazonian Indians learned how to farm the rain forest without destroying it--a process scientists are studying today in the hope of regaining this lost knowledge.
Interesting stuff, huh?