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.