The World Made New by Marc Aronson and John W. Glenn, National Geographic 2007, 68 pages. Illustrated.
This new National Geographic book has become a fast favorite around here. The World Made New is a slender volume, but each page is filled with enticing illustrations and fascinating facts that fill out the many causes and consequences of the Age of Exploration. The World Made New presents these ideas from an innovative and global perspective, namely that the events that followed Columbus' voyage changed the entire world. The age of discovery did not merely result in the adding of the Americas to European maps, but rather when the Old and New worlds that had developed an ocean apart came into contact with one another for the very first time, the direction of the entire world's history was significantly altered. While Europeans explored America's lands, the first American tomato came to Italy; the American potato, to Ireland; the American chili pepper, to India. This book looks at the Old and New worlds before they came into contact, describes the persons and events that brought the Americas into contact with the rest of the known world, and traces the global consequences of this turning point in world history-- simply spellbinding.
Front cover photo-illustration by John Glick, mouse+tiger, combining the world map c. 1565 by Paolo Forlani and The Romance of Discovery by N.C. Wyeth.