Charles C. Mann is a correspondent for Science and The Atlantic Monthly, and his most recent book is 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus (Knopf, 2005). In this groundbreaking work of science, history, and archaeology, Mann radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of Columbus. Mann has co-written four books including Noah’s Choice: The Future of Endangered Species (Knopf, 1995) and The Second Creation (Macmillan, 1986). A three-time National Magazine Award finalist, he has won awards from the American Bar Association, the Margaret Sanger Foundation, the American Institute of Physics, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, among others. His writing was selected for The Best American Science Writing 2003 and The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2003.