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Jared Diamond
Jared Diamond is a professor of geography at the University of California, Los Angeles. He began his scientific career in physiology and expanded into evolutionary biology and biogeography. He has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the... show more



Jared Diamond is a professor of geography at the University of California, Los Angeles. He began his scientific career in physiology and expanded into evolutionary biology and biogeography. He has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. Among Dr. Diamond's many awards are the National Medal of Science, the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, Japan's Cosmos Prize, a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and the Lewis Thomas Prize honoring the Scientist as Poet, presented by Rockefeller University. He has published more than six hundred articles and several books including the New York Times bestseller "Guns, Germs, and Steel," which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.Additional information about Dr. Diamond may be found at his personal website, www.jareddiamond.org.

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Birth date: September 10, 1937
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Love, Culture, Language - Reading! ♥
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 3 years ago
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...
Ecletic Reader
Ecletic Reader rated it 4 years ago
Very interesting. It was great to see an honest comparison between traditional and modern societies that does not romanticize or demonize either. The only issue I have is with the breadth of societies reviewed. In the initial section, the author mentions a number of traditional societies that he int...
Kaethe
Kaethe rated it 4 years ago
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
Just Another Reader rated it 4 years ago
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...
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