• First Peoples in a New World

  • Colonizing Ice Age America
  • By: David J. Meltzer
  • Narrated by: Christopher Prince
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 09-15-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: University Press Audiobooks
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.2 (39 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

More than 12,000 years ago, in one of the greatest triumphs of prehistory, humans colonized North America, a continent that was then truly a new world. Just when and how they did so has been one of the most perplexing and controversial questions in archaeology. This dazzling, cutting-edge synthesis, written for a wide audience by an archaeologist who has long been at the center of these debates, tells the scientific story of the first Americans: where they came from, when they arrived, and how they met the challenges of moving across the vast, unknown landscapes of Ice Age North America. David J. Meltzer pulls together the latest ideas from archaeology, geology, linguistics, skeletal biology, genetics, and other fields to trace the breakthroughs that have revolutionized our understanding in recent years. Among many other topics, he explores disputes over the hemisphere's oldest and most controversial sites and considers how the first Americans coped with changing global climates. He also confronts some radical claims: that the Americas were colonized from Europe or that a crashing comet obliterated the Pleistocene megafauna. Full of entertaining discriptions of on-site encounters, personalities, and controversies, this is a compelling behind-the-scenes account of how science is illuminating our past. The book is published by University of California Press.
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Critic Reviews

"A natural storyteller, David Meltzer gives us a vivid picture of both the colonizing bands of humans who moved into the Americas and the researchers who followed their footsteps from Alaska to Chile. This is an insider's account, told with a keen eye and sense of humor, as if Meltzer were there when discoveries were made and when disputes were aired - as, indeed, he often was." (Ann Gibbons, author of The First Human)
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Customer Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
By Marc on 10-30-11

First Peoples - Fantastic

This is a fantastic summary of our present understanding of early human life in America. It not only gave me a good summary of migration to and through America, but also the science behind this understanding. Though the explanations got quite technical at times (genetics, for example), I never felt overwhelmed. Both the writing and reading were great.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 04-14-18

Riveting story!

If you could sum up First Peoples in a New World in three words, what would they be?

Interesting information and its not complete

What was one of the most memorable moments of First Peoples in a New World?

This book was very interesting but the part about grasses changing and that being toxic to the mega fauna as apposed to human incursion was particularly so since most of what I have read to date points to human hunting pressure as the culprit.

What three words best describe Christopher Prince’s performance?

Mr. Prince reads too fast to get the full picture. This is intricate and complex. The geography alone encompasses half the world. He leaves no space between sentences to absorb information.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

epic adventure

Any additional comments?

Re-record and have the reader add better inflection, better timing and pacing.

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