Reviews for Who Was First? : Discovering the Americas


AudioFile Reviews 2008 April/May
In this brief look at the first Eurasians to encounter the Americas, Freedman traces the various arguments about who was first and whose influence was felt. Starting with Columbus, he works his way back to the Chinese, the Vikings, and other possible cultures. Though this work is considered to be for the middle school student, adults too will gain new insight into this ongoing historical debate. L.J. Ganser reads the main text with a lively tone and good pacing. However, at times his voice becomes a bit overdramatic when quoting other authors. In these moments one is reminded of old-time radio announcers, with all of their intensity and zeal. This approach may work well with the younger crowd, but adults may be less impressed. L.E. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine

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