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.
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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.
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.
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.
yep, cuz i distracted easliy
genetics based of cultural diffusion.
mr plum in the library with the toothpick
when I realized that i was talking like reader.
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