Adds some much-needed biological and anthropological context to the modern societies we take for granted.
This book is part anthropology, sociology, education, parenting, history and policy making. One of Jared's best works that is well organized, written and applicable for both academics and regular folks.
This guy can't write a crappy book. Perhaps he over-reaches when comparing modern groups of people to more aboriginal, living peoples, but the overall message is solid.
Yes, only because I've read others from Jared Diamond, and they are much better than this one.
Least interesting - all the anecdotes from Jared's life and career. That might be the most interesting to others but not the reason I picked up this book. Not a lot of new insights, just anecdotal filler complementing a lot of what he already said in Collapse and Guns, Germs and Steel
I would, but would jump around a bit more to different topics I wanted to look at.
Diamonds personal stories were quite griping. The section on religion opened my eyes on another reason for religion that I didn't know.
The store of the young child hit by a car and how justice was applied in their culture.
How have people changed sense they once all lived in traditional societies
Say something about yourself!
It was fine.
I really like Jared Diamond and found many of his other books to have ideas that changed my perspectives on the world. This book is similar but instead of a few world-shaking ideas like "Guns, Germs, and Steel" this was more about hundreds of little ideas. I came away happy I had heard it and honestly better informed about human culture in general but to be honest it felt like a bit of grind by the end.
The great narration is what kept me listening to the very end. Other than that, much of what I recall about this book is what I learned about the people and history of New Guinea.
Diamond spent much too much time on on things no one could be interested in or want to know. Started off fine but declined in to facts about a car wreck
Though an excellent concept, The World until Yesterday drones on, wallowing in poor analogies and disjointed stories. Not enough insight and "big picture" ideas, difficulty tying it all together.
Guns, Germs and Steel is a favorite of mine and I was looking forward to Jared Diamond's latest. Unfortunately, it didn't have nearly the scope of the prior book. "The World" seemed to re-hash the same issues based on his observations of the indigenous peoples of New Guinea. Some interesting insights but overall, somewhat dull and uninspiring.