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Guns, Germs and Steel Audiobook

Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fate of Human Societies

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Publisher's Summary

Pulitzer Prize, General Nonfiction, 1998

Guns, Germs and Steel examines the rise of civilization and the issues its development has raised throughout history.

Having done field work in New Guinea for more than 30 years, Jared Diamond presents the geographical and ecological factors that have shaped the modern world. From the viewpoint of an evolutionary biologist, he highlights the broadest movements both literal and conceptual on every continent since the Ice Age, and examines societal advances such as writing, religion, government, and technology. Diamond also dissects racial theories of global history, and the resulting work—Guns, Germs and Steel—is a major contribution to our understanding the evolution of human societies.

©1997 Jared Diamond (P)2011 Random House

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    ricky 07-30-16
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    such a dry read. It was pretty difficult for me to finish. Im used to history themed books but this was hard to ge through

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    Mathieu Fresco 07-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    Pretty interesting even if the narrative is a bit slow and tend to repeat several time his arguments.

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    Timothy W. 07-23-16
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    "Very Interesting"

    The material in this book is interesting and critical for the understanding of how our species spread and grew.

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    BeowulfBookMan 06-25-16
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    "Wanted to like it...But it wasn't engaging"
    What disappointed you about Guns, Germs and Steel?

    I had high hopes for this book. The topic is very interesting but there were 2 big flaws I could find. First - The author went way out of the way to make sure this book was politically correct, and didn't offend anyone. As such, the explanations are overly drawn out and justified with stale characterizations. Second - They spend too much time explaining every small point and topic before bringing it together and explaining why this information is relevant. This has the effect of making the book boring most of the time, and interesting for brief moments. Unfortunately it wasn't interesting enough to stay engaging.


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    Josh 06-21-16
    Josh 06-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Wow"

    Now that, was amazing. Not sure why I waited this long to get this book, glad I fixed the problem.

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    "Interesting science but so-so writing."

    Jared Diamond's thesis is interesting and thought-provoking, but this treatment of it is overdone and somewhat tedious.

    The idea that human cultures are shaped by their environment and other non-human factors (such as animal and plant species) makes a lot of sense and Diamond does a good job of demonstrating the validity of the ideas. However, the book spends a lot of time driving home his points, and after a while, I just found it tedious to slog through the book.

    The narration is good without being fantastic.

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    Joseph L. Campbell Jr. 06-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A sleeping pill"

    Had to read it twice maybe even a third time. Very informative and dry at times.

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    Ronald W. 06-06-16
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    "Smart and essential"

    As a historian, Diamond presents cause and effect in a compelling and approachable way. So many conversations have emerge from this book; thoughts I never previously had. The scope of his research is broad. So much so, feel I am a more humble and patient person; I am just a speck. My only criticism is I would at times get lost in the minutiae of his need to support his argument.

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    "Brilliant"

    Simply brilliant. It was like methodically piecing the entire history of humanity together in order to answer one question.

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    john a coil 05-25-16
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    Would you listen to Guns, Germs and Steel again? Why?

    yep, cuz i distracted easliy


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Guns, Germs and Steel?

    genetics based of cultural diffusion.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    mr plum in the library with the toothpick


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    when I realized that i was talking like reader.


    Any additional comments?

    send me free stuff

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