Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

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W. W. Norton & Company, Mar 7, 2017 - History - 528 pages

"Fascinating.... Lays a foundation for understanding human history."—Bill Gates

In 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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Seriously what a great take on civilization!

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Jared Diamond is a luminary. Say what you will about the present day this book offers such a fantastic telling of how we got to where we are now. Told through anthropological evidence and the genius ... Read full review

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Great book by an excellent author. Purchased as a gift for a friend after seeing the author do a book presentation. My friend loved the book and then read others by Jared Diamond. Read full review

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Contents

Why Is World History Like
PART ONE FROM EDEN TO CAJAMARCA
A NATURAL EXPERIMENT OF HISTORY
COLLISION AT CAJAMARCA
PART TWO THE RISE AND SPREAD OF FOOD PRODUCTION
HISTORYS HAVES AND HAVENOTS
TO FARM OR NOT TO FARM
HOW TO MAKE AN ALMOND
NECESSITYS MOTHER
S PART FOUR AROUND THE WORLD IN IX CHAPTERS
HOW CHINA BECAME CHINESE
SPEEDBOAT TO POLYNESIA
HEMISPHERES COLLIDING
HOW AFRICA BECAME BLACK
WHO ARE THE JAPANESE?
EPILOGUE SCIENCE THE FUTURE OF HUMAN HISTORY AS

APPLES OR INDIANS
SPACIOUS SKIES AND TILTED AXES
PART THREE FROM FOOD TO GUNS GERMS AND STEEL
BLUEPRINTS AND BORROWED LETTERS
Acknowledgments
Credits
Index
Copyright

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Jared Diamond is professor of geography at UCLA and author of the best-selling Collapse and The Third Chimpanzee. He is a MacArthur Fellow and was awarded the National Medal of Science.

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