Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
"Fascinating.... Lays a foundation for understanding human history."—Bill GatesIn this "artful, informative, and delightful" (William H. McNeill, New York Review of Books) book, Jared Diamond convincingly argues that geographical and environmental factors shaped the modern world. Societies that had had a head start in food production advanced beyond the hunter-gatherer stage, and then developed religion --as well as nasty germs and potent weapons of war --and adventured on sea and land to conquer and decimate preliterate cultures. A major advance in our understanding of human societies, Guns, Germs, and Steel chronicles the way that the modern world came to be and stunningly dismantles racially based theories of human history. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science, the Rhone-Poulenc Prize, and the Commonwealth club of California's Gold Medal.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - andrewlorien - LibraryThing
Lots of great ideas. I've heard it criticised for not being rigorous enough, and I thought it was too wordy full stop but the author acknowledges all of this and the big picture I don't know how you would get the picture without all the words. Read full review
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I have had this book staring me down from my shelves for 10+ years. I knew I ought to read the darn thing, but it seemed like more effort than I ever had the energy to expend. Recently though, my very ... Read full review
UP TO THE STARTING LINE What happened on all the continents before 11000 BC?
A NATURAL EXPERIMENT OF HISTORY How geography molded societies on Polynesian islands
COLLISION AT CAJAMARCA Why the Inca emperor Atahuallpa did not capture King Charles I of Spain
THE RISE AND SPREAD OF FOOD PRODUCTION
FARMER POWER The roots of guns germs and steel
HISTORYS HAVES AND HAVENOTS Geographic differences in the onset of food production
TO FARM OR NOT TO FARM Causes of the spread of food production
HOW TO MAKE AN ALMOND The unconscious development of ancient crops
FROM EGALITARIANISM TO KLEPTOCRACY The evolution of government and religion
AROUND THE WORLD IN FIVE CHAPTERS
YALIS PEOPLE The histories of Australia and New Guinea
HOW CHINA BECAME CHINESE The history of East Asia
SPEEDBOAT TO POLYNESIA The history of the Austronesian expansion
HEMISPHERES COLLIDING The histories of Eurasia and the Americas compared
How AFRICA BECAME BLACK The history of Africa
THE FUTURE OF HUMAN HISTORY AS A SCIENCE
APPLES OR INDIANS Why did peoples of some regions fail to domesticate plants?
ZEBRAS UNHAPPY MARRIAGES AND THE ANNA KARENINA PRINCIPLE Why were most big wild mammal species never domesticated?
SPACIOUS SKIES AND TILTED AXES Why did food production spread at different rates on different continents?
FROM FOOD TO GUNS GERMS AND STEEL
LETHAL GIFT OF LIVESTOCK The evolution of germs
BLUEPRINTS AND BORROWED LETTERS The evolution of writing
NECESSITYS MOTHER The evolution of technology
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