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Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies - Jared Diamond
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
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Jared Diamond asks, wrestles with, and then answers the fundamental questions involved with humanity's last 13,000 years. Rather than concentrate on post-literate societies composed mostly of Caucasians from European descent, Diamond deals with the entirety of world history. The driving force of... show more
Jared Diamond asks, wrestles with, and then answers the fundamental questions involved with humanity's last 13,000 years. Rather than concentrate on post-literate societies composed mostly of Caucasians from European descent, Diamond deals with the entirety of world history. The driving force of this work is the question of why history should "unfold differently on different continents"; whereas previous attempts to answer this have been rooted in racism, circular reasoning, or misconceptions, Diamond attempts to deal with the question factually and thoroughly. Although written for the general reader, this is a challenging work due to its wide-ranging scope and somewhat esoteric knowledge base. Diamond's willingness to ask and answer tough questions with honesty, scholarship, logic, and integrity make this tome well worth the investment. Fatbrain reviewed this book and the publisher's summary, and found that the summary accurately reflects the book's contents. Related Titles: Jared Diamond has also written the well received The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal and the provocative Why is Sex Fun? The Evolution of Human Sexuality. Diamond contributes to Edge, the Internet discussion group whose collective wisdom is contained in The Greatest Inventions of the Past 2,000 Years. Other members of the Edge community, notable for theirprofound writing on a myriad of topics, include Lee Smolin, author of The Life of the Cosmos; Stewart Brand, whose
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Format: ebook
ISBN: 9780393069228 (0393069222)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Pages no: 528
Edition language: English
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Love, Culture, Language - Reading! ♥
Love, Culture, Language - Reading! ♥ rated it
3.5 Interessante ma pedante.
Molto interessante, senza ombra di dubbio. Ho appreso molte cose che non sapevo, soprattutto su folklore e sui popoli polinesiani..purtroppo però, mi è sembrato spesso ripetitivo e a volte anche abbastanza "scontato". Forse, prefiggersi un compito così impegnativo come quello di riuscire a capire co...
Betsy's Non-Blog
Betsy's Non-Blog rated it
5.0 Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
Took me a year and a half to read this book. Not only because I'm a slow reader, though I am. But it was so long and there were so many other activities and books clamoring for my attention, that I got sidetracked several times. But it was worth coming back to. It's a fascinating study of how hu...
Kaethe
Kaethe rated it
4.0 Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies - Jared Diamond
Diamond explains why some groups of humans have done well based on local circumstances: material resources, pathogens, human migratory patterns, that sort of thing. It's such a useful and non-racist theory that it holds immediate appeal. I've no idea how well it's withstood research over the past tw...
Just Another Reader
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4.0 Guns, Germs, and Steel
Guns, Germs, and Steel came from the question the author was asked as to why Europeans dominated the world and built empires over the last 600 years as opposed to other societies. For a just over 400 page book, the author answers it pretty well. The book is pretty dense and took a fair amount of t...
bookaneer
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5.0 How To Take Over The World In One Simple Step
Step 1: Be born into the right environment. Germs, Guns, and Steel attempts to answer one of the more uncomfortable questions of history: why on earth did some civilizations dominate others? Ignoring the various power-struggles that occurred within each continent, why was it the Eurasian explorer...
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