Thanks to Andrew for reminding me about the book 1493, which I believe was a Charlie Munger recommendation at the Berkshire annual meeting this year.
Millions of years ago, geological forces ripped the world to pieces. Christopher Columbus changed all that though. When he sailed across the Atlantic, he began a process that knit the world back together ecologically and economically. It meant there would be tomatoes in Italy and coffee in Brazil. The journalist Charles Mann says while the costs and benefits are inseparable, 1493 marked the birth of the world we live in today. Mann is in Utah and he joins us to talk about his book called "1493."
Related book: 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created (also available as an audio book)