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Charles C. Mann

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Charles C. Mann
Charles C. Mann in 2011
Charles C. Mann in 2011
Born1955 (age 68–69)
United States
OccupationJournalist, author
Alma materAmherst College
Notable works
Notable awards

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 co-author 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.[1][2] Mann has written for Fortune, The New York Times, Smithsonian, Technology Review, Vanity Fair, and The Washington Post.[3] In 2005 he wrote 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, followed in 2011 by 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created.[4] He served as a judge for the PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award in 2012.[5] He has also written for the TV series Law & Order.[6]

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.[3] He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts with his wife and children.[7]

In 2018, Mann published The Wizard and the Prophet, which details two competing theories about the future of agriculture, population, and the environment.[8][9] 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.[10] Mann refers to William Vogt, an early proponent of population control, as the "prophet".[11]


Books written or co-written by Mann[edit]

  • (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[edit]

Reviews of books by Mann[edit]


  1. ^ Hahn, Jonathan (August 19, 2018). "Best-selling Science Writer Charles Mann Has Always Been a Tinkerer". Sierra. Sierra Club.
  2. ^ Lederman, Diane (March 24, 2018). "Amherst writer Charles Mann once loved the idea of town meeting. Now, not so much". The Republican. Springfield: Masslive.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ "The World Columbus Created". RadioWest website. Retrieved May 29, 2012.
  5. ^ "Announcing the 2012 PEN Literary Award Recipients". PEN American Center. October 15, 2012. Retrieved February 6, 2013.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "Charles C. Mann: Biography". Retrieved February 22, 2012.
  8. ^ "The Conversation". The Atlantic. May 1, 2018. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  9. ^ Ragland, Wylheme H. (April 15, 2018). "Book Review: Two scientists' view of progress, pain". The Decatur Daily. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  10. ^ Anderson, M. J. (April 27, 2018). "Recalling the birth of environmentalism". The Boston Globe. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  11. ^ 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.

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