Books Who Was First? by Russell Freedman Hardcover, 88 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, List Price: $19 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleWho Was First?AuthorRussell Freedman Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon Independent Booksellers Book Summary Examines the archaeological evidence that various explorers such as the Vikings and the Chinese came to America long before Columbus. Genres: Children's Books Young Adult Nonfiction Also by Russell Freedman Eleanor Roosevelt The War to End All Wars Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about Who Was First? Books Coming to America: Who Was First? October 8, 2007 Most of us were taught that Christopher Columbus discovered America. Yet it is far from clear cut. There are alternative theories about who got here first — some well-documented, others much more flimsy in their scholarship. A new book probes their merits.