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THE WORLD UNTIL YESTERDAY: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

A supple and engaged journey into traditional societies and an exploration of their ways of life, from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel (1997).As Diamond writes (Geography/UCLA; Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, 2004, etc.), traditional societies—those that retain features of how our ancestors lived for tens of thousands of years, with low population ... Read full review

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User Review  - GlennBell - LibraryThing

The book was interesting and had some specific areas of interest for me including discussion of religion, diet, health, and language. Some topics such as that of constructive paranoia were discussed ... Read full review

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User Review  - Glori De Leon - Goodreads

This was a reading requirement for my anthropology class; practically everything we did was based on this book. I expected it to be as dry as any other textbook, but I was surprised at how easy and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Raina - Goodreads

Very disappointing. I was expecting something like Guns Germs and Steel and Collapse, both of which were nearly page-turners despite being heavy on information. The World Until Yesterday is just heavy ... Read full review

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User Review  - Cleo - Goodreads

I found The World Until Yesterday quite interesting and absorbing, though some of Diamond's declarations seem blatantly obvious. Also, some of his conclusions about nutrition (eat less red meat) don't ... Read full review

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User Review  - Erika RS - Goodreads

Like Diamond's other books, this was informative and well written. However, it lacks the strong focus that make Guns, Germs, and Steel and Collapse great. What allowed those books to cover such a ... Read full review

Review: The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?

User Review  - John Williams - Goodreads

Fans of Jared Diamond's books anticipate reading each new book. I waited to read this one until I knew I had the time on a trip to Africa. The book compares aspects of life in traditional societies ... Read full review

Review: The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?

User Review  - Andre - Goodreads

A very interesting comparison of the modern and "primitve" world that underlines well how changed we are from our ancestors. This is a broad and difficult subject that was well presented, within ... Read full review

Review: The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?

User Review  - Robert - Goodreads

Interesting anecdotes at times however it was all over the place and lacked coherency. The book was also twice as long as it needed to be. Sadly a disappointment. Read full review

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User Review  - Sirbriang2 - Goodreads

Jared Diamond's previous work is clever, intuitive, and delves into the exotic. The World Until Yesterday is not quite up to the standards of Collapse or Guns Germs and Steel. Diamond's style is still ... Read full review

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