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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  - quiBee - LibraryThing

This book, by Jared Diamond, looks at traditional societies and the way they look/looked at the world and points out that our Western ways of doing things is not the only way of looking at the world ... 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  - ohernaes - LibraryThing

Starting point: Evolutionary - traditional societies closer to the conditions we adapted to, this gives a prima facie reason to believe that practices they widely practice make sense. Much diversity ... Read full review

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User Review  - ErlangerFactionless - LibraryThing

Jared Diamond draws from many disciplines – biology, geography, ethnography, history – in writing enjoyable, insightful books about human civilization. This one is simply a pleasure to read. Relying ... Read full review

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User Review  - deusvitae - LibraryThing

A study of the comparisons and contrasts between "traditional" societies, the hunter-gatherer and small agriculture societies of the past, with modern society, with a view as to what "we" have "lost ... Read full review

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User Review  - mbmackay - LibraryThing

Jared Diamonds reflects on the aspects of hunter gatherer societies that might be usefully applied to the modern western world. This is not his best book, but he sets such a high standard, so his near ... Read full review

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User Review  - rivkat - LibraryThing

Diamond contrasts traditional and modern societies in their treatment of harms (torts or crimes, in the language of the formal state), wars, the elderly, childrearing, languages, eating, and several ... Read full review

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User Review  - JeffV - LibraryThing

While not the most prolific scientist when it comes to books, Jared Diamond has always produced high quality, thought provoking content. Ever since his days as a contributing editor to Discover ... Read full review

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User Review  - ljhliesl - LibraryThing

Not as interesting to me as his previous two tomes. I like his tone and outlook but though I enjoyed his anecdotes, they were not data. Read full review

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