Charles C. Mann
|Born||1955 (age 67–68)|
|Alma mater||Amherst College|
Charles C. Mann (born 1955) is an American journalist and author, specializing in scientific topics. In 2006 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 was born in 1955 and graduated from Amherst College in 1976. Mann has written for Fortune, The New York Times, Smithsonian, Technology Review, Vanity Fair, and The Washington Post. In 2005 he wrote 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, followed in 2011 by 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created. He served as a judge for the PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award in 2012. He as also written for the TV series Law & Order.
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. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts with his wife and children.
In 2018, Mann published The Wizard and the Prophet, which details two competing theories about the future of agriculture, population, and the environment. 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. Mann refers to William Vogt, an early proponent of population control, as the "prophet".
Books written or co-written by Mann
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- (with Robert P. Crease) The Second Creation: Makers of the Revolution in Twentieth-Century Physics, 1st ed., New York: Macmillan, 1986; rev. ed., New Brunswick, NJ:Rutgers University Press, 1996
- (with Mark L. Plummer) The Aspirin Wars: Money, Medicine, and 100 Years of Rampant Competition, New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1991
- (With Mark L. Plummer) Noah’s Choice: The Future of Endangered Species, 1995
- (With David H. Freedman) @ Large: The Strange Case of the World's Biggest Internet Invasion, 1997
- 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2005
- 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created, Knopf, 2011
- 1493 for Young People: From Columbus's Voyage to Globalization, Seven Stories Press, 2015.
- Mann, Charles C. (January 2018). The Wizard and the Prophet: Two Remarkable Scientists and Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow's World. New York: Knopf. ISBN 978-0-307-96169-3.
Selected articles by Mann
- "Our Good Earth: The Future Rests on the Soil Beneath Our Feet; Can We Save It?", National Geographic, September 2008, pp. 80–107.
- "The Birth of Religion", National Geographic, June 2011, pp. 34–59.
- "State of the Species: Does Success Spell Doom for Homo sapiens?", Orion, November/December 2012.
- Mann, Charles C. (January 2018). "The Book That Incited a Worldwide Fear of Overpopulation". Smithsonian.
- Mann, Charles C. (March 2018). Illustrated by Ulises Fariñas. "How Will We Feed the New Global Middle Class?". The Atlantic. 321 (2): 52–61.
Reviews of books by Mann
- "In '1493,' Uncovering The World Columbus Discovered". NPR. July 27, 2012. Retrieved April 24, 2018.
- Heck, Peter (September 2013). "On Books". Asimov's Science Fiction. 37 (9): 107–111. Review of 1491 and 1493.
- Easterly, William (January 19, 2017). "Review: Going Beyond the Limits of the Earth with 'The Wizard and the Prophet'". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved April 24, 2018.
- Hahn, Jonathan (August 19, 2018). "Best-selling Science Writer Charles Mann Has Always Been a Tinkerer". Sierra. Sierra Club.
- Lederman, Diane (March 24, 2018). "Amherst writer Charles Mann once loved the idea of town meeting. Now, not so much". The Republican. Springfield: Masslive.
- 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.
- "The World Columbus Created". RadioWest website. Retrieved May 29, 2012.
- "Announcing the 2012 PEN Literary Award Recipients". PEN American Center. October 15, 2012. Retrieved February 6, 2013.
- Contrada, Fred (September 13, 1999). "Copyright control losing to Internet". Union-News. p. B1 – via NewsBankurl=https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/0F2F060C27D45C87.
- "Charles C. Mann: Biography". Retrieved February 22, 2012.
- "The Conversation". The Atlantic. May 1, 2018. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
- Ragland, Wylheme H. (April 15, 2018). "Book Review: Two scientists' view of progress, pain". The Decatur Daily. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
- Anderson, M. J. (April 27, 2018). "Recalling the birth of environmentalism". The Boston Globe. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
- Broby, Taylor (February 5, 2018). "'The Wizard and the Prophet' review: Charles C. Mann explores the future of food on our planet". Newsday. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
- Online version is titled "Can Planet Earth feed 10 billion people?".
- "An interview with Charles C. Mann" at BookBrowse
- Charles C. Mann on the Muck Rack journalist listing site