This its a must read book, even if there are criticable chapters or references the theory it's solid and explains far more than most of other theories about this fact, ¿why Europe conquered the world and not someone else?
Even though a few concepts the he brings up in the beginning of the book can be debated and I don't neccearry agree with the rest of the book is left untainted and well sourced.
Very interesting and informative, but a bit too lengthy to maintain the exitement over time.
If an abriged version exists, I'd suggest you try that instead.
In this highly informative work, an evolutionary biologist elucidates major factors of human history.
I personally enjoyed the first several chapters (those on major principles of the book, the role of plants, and the role of animals) more than the last several chapters (a view of several major movements in history viewed in terms of those principles). The later chapters read more like a history book.
The book as a whole has a powerfully anti-racism message.
The physical book has several maps, photos and diagrams. I found it very helpful to look at these in my paper copy before and after listening to a chapter. Unfortunately, the audiobook does not mention when there is a picture, and I don't think the audible file makes them available in any way. The book is still good without the images, but if you are able to get them I recommend doing so.
This rare case when you can not look at the world as you did before. When the ideas seem so reasonable and obvious that you cannot understand how you missed them before.
amazing new way to see world history . i m going to ask my daughter to watch the pbs doccumentary about this book.
The quality of the argument made - the extremely interesting thesis.
The book is great and well argued and the general thesis stands out quite clear. That being said the book at times becomes extremely technical when it comes to seeds, types of animals, etc.