Charles C. Mann

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Charles C. Mann
Born 1955
Occupation Journalist, author
Language English
Residence Amherst, Massachusetts
Citizenship United States
Alma mater Amherst College
Genre Nonfiction
Notable works
Notable awards National Academies Communication Award
National Magazine Award (finalist)

Charles C. Mann (born 1955)[1] is an American journalist and author, specializing in scientific topics. His book 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus won the National Academies Communication Award for best book of the year. He is the coauthor of four books, and contributing editor for Science, The Atlantic Monthly, and Wired.

Mann has also written for Fortune, The New York Times, Smithsonian, Technology Review, Vanity Fair, and The Washington Post.[2] In 2005 he wrote 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, followed in 2011 by 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created.[3] He served as a judge for the PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award in 2012.[4]

He is a three-time National Magazine Award finalist and a recipient of writing awards from the American Bar Association, the American Institute of Physics, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Lannan Foundation.[2] He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts with his wife and children.[5]

In 2018, Mann published The Wizard and the Prophet, which details two competing theories about the future of agriculture, population, and the environment.[6][7] The titular "wizard" Mann refers to is Norman Borlaug, the Nobel Peace Prize winner credited with developing the Green Revolution and saving 1 billion people from starvation.[8] Mann refers to William Vogt, an early proponent of population control, as the "prophet."[9]


Mann is the author of several books and articles, including:[10][11]


  1. ^ Date information sourced from Library of Congress Authorities data, via corresponding WorldCat Identities linked authority file (LAF).
  2. ^ a b Mann, Charles C. (2011). 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. p. 537: A Note About the Author. ISBN 978-0-307-26572-2. 
  3. ^ "The World Columbus Created". RadioWest website. Retrieved May 29, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Announcing the 2012 PEN Literary Award Recipients". PEN American Center. October 15, 2012. Retrieved February 6, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Charles C. Mann: Biography". Retrieved 22 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "The Conversation". The Atlantic. 1 May 2018. Retrieved 1 May 2018. 
  7. ^ Wylheme H. Ragland (15 April 2018). "Book Review: Two scientists' view of progress, pain". The Decatur Daily. Retrieved 1 May 2018. 
  8. ^ M.J. Anderson (27 April 2018). "Recalling the birth of environmentalism". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 1 May 2018. 
  9. ^ Taylor Broby (5 February 2018). "'The Wizard and the Prophet' review: Charles C. Mann explores the future of food on our planet". Newsday. Retrieved 2 May 2018. 
  10. ^ William Easterly (19 January 2017). "Review: Going Beyond the Limits of the Earth With 'The Wizard and the Prophet'". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 24 April 2018. 
  11. ^ "In '1493,' Uncovering The World Columbus Discovered". NPR. 27 July 2012. Retrieved 24 April 2018. 

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