Aug 3, 2012 — Charles Mann's 1493 explores the lesser-known consequences of Columbus' voyage. It debuts at No. 2.
Jul 27, 2012 — When Columbus crossed the Atlantic in 1492, his journey prompted the exchange of not only information but also food, animals, insects, plants and disease between the continents. In a new book, Charles C. Mann describes the aftermath of Columbus' arrival in the Americas.
Jul 25, 2012 — Stephen King returns to the scene of JFK's assassination, while Ali Smith presents an intricate tale of a dinner party gone wrong. In nonfiction, Charles C. Mann reassesses Columbus, Juliet Eilperin investigates sharks, and Paul Hendrickson revisits Hemingway.
Aug 18, 2011 — 1493 — a study of Columbus' biological impact on the Americas and beyond — debuts at No. 6.
Aug 8, 2011 — When Columbus crossed the Atlantic in 1492, his journey prompted the exchange of not only information but also food, animals, insects, plants and disease between the continents. In a new book, Charles C. Mann describes the aftermath of Columbus' arrival in the Americas.
Aug 2, 2011 — NPR coverage of 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created by Charles C. Mann. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Dec 27, 2010 — In the 1400s, the ships of the trans-Atlantic trade system began carrying cargoes of human beings. Some 12.5 million people would be shipped as slaves from Africa over the next 350 years. Historians David Eltis and David Richardson talk about their new book, Atlas of the Transatlantic Slave Trade.
Mar 24, 2008 — Sacred Hunger, a brutal portrait of human ruthlessness and redemption set on an 18th century slaving ship, inspired Ethan Canin to expand his ambitions as a writer.
Oct 4, 2007 — A recently discovered, 18th-century satire petitions the British Parliament not to end the African slave trade — for the sake of African sharks. The disturbing satire is written in the voice of sharks that ate the bodies of slaves who jumped or were thrown overboard from slave ships.
Dec 7, 2005 — Farai Chideya talks with Anne Farrow, co-author of the book Complicity: How the North Promoted, Prolonged, and Profited from Slavery, which reveals the history of the Northern slave market, and the stories of many of those who were bought, sold and survived.