Charles C. Mann

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Charles C. Mann
Charles C. Mann at the Miller Center.jpg
OccupationJournalist, author
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materAmherst College
Notable works
Notable awardsNational 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 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 one billion people from starvation.[8] Mann refers to William Vogt, an early proponent of population control, as the "prophet".[9]


  • Crease, Robert P. & Charles C. Mann (1986). The second creation: makers of the revolution in twentieth-century physics. New York: Macmillan.
  • Mann, Charles C. & Mark L. Plummer (1991). The aspirin wars: money, medicine, and 100 years of rampant competition. New York: Knopf.
  • (With Mark L. Plummer) Noah’s Choice: The Future of Endangered Species, 1995
  • Crease, Robert P. & Charles C. Mann (1996). The second creation: makers of the revolution in twentieth-century physics (Revised ed.). New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.
  • (With David H. Freedman) @ Large: The Strange Case of the World's Biggest Internet Invasion, 1997
  • 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, Knopf, 2005
  • "Our Good Earth: The future rests on the soil beneath our feet; Can we save it?" National Geographic, September 2008. 80-107.
  • "The Birth of Religion", National Geographic, June 2011. 34–59.
  • 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created, Knopf, 2011
  • "State of the Species: Does success spell doom for Homo sapiens?", Orion Magazine, November/December 2012.
  • 1493 for Young People: From Columbus's Voyage to Globalization, Seven Stories Press, 2015.
  • Mann, Charles C. (January 2018). "The Book That Incited a Worldwide Fear of Overpopulation". Smithsonian.
  • — (January 2018). The Wizard and the Prophet: Two Remarkable Scientists and Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow's World. New York: Knopf. ISBN 978-0307961693.
  • — (March 2018). Illustrated by Ulises Fariñas. "How will we feed the new global middle class?". The Atlantic. 321 (2): 52–61.[10]

Critical studies and reviews of Mann's work[edit]


  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. ^ Online version is titled "Can Planet Earth feed 10 billion people?".

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