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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Could have been shorter. Alot of the points could be made in shorter words. I enjoyed the parts about written language the most.
This is a great and thought provoking book, just what I've come to appreciate and expect from Jared Diamond.
Unfortunately, the narration is so dull it makes it incredibly difficult to keep engaged with the story. His voice is monotone and devoid of meaningful inflections, and throaty, I keep waiting for him to clear his throat, it turns this in to a very dry listen. Significantly reduces my enjoyment of this incredible book.
Hike and Paddle Guide
This question is a fallacy of Faulty Comparison. I have both the print version and the Audio book. The print I make notes in and the Audio version I listen to at work.
Jared Diamond - Because learning and Science rocks, and Professor Diamond (if a title other than Professor applies I apologize in advance, I don't know it.) is able to take complex subject and synthesize it into a very readable format while still making his point without academic obfuscation. Guns Germs and Steel - made me think about the way our world works and allowed me to observe and test some of my preconceived notions on society and how it works. As a side note - Guns, Germs and Steel pairs excellently with Francis Fukuyama's book on Political order. Read them back to back, and for a bit of a mind bender. Guns Germs and Steel is a must read, and must re-read.
Easy to listen to. I will forever relate him to the Author in presentation.
I learned so much from this book. So many things I have never even thought of but wow was it hard to stay focused I would zone out often.
Unfortunately the narrator was completely unable to capture the drama of this book. I read it shortly after it came out in hardback and lent my copy one too many times so I was excited to read it again. This was not the experience I hoped for.
Kon Tiki, Rapa Nui. Similar cultures.
You get the feeling he isn't hearing the words that he is saying.
I do love this book. The ease with which the author relays his information is astounding. When on paper the pages fly by, when narrated it's like setting through a lecture. Such a shame that this book was presented by someone as disinterested as Doug Ordunio.
I think it is mainly the content and writing style- but also the boring monotone narrator (who I sweat suppressed a yawn at times while reading!)- this was painful to listen to and utterly uninteresting! It is even worse than Atlas Shrugged!
This book is extremely informative and educational. I personally learn several things from this book and plan to follow up on several of the topics. Jared Diamond arranged the book in a very great way that makes the book fun to read. And it refers back to several topics previously covered
I had some difficulty staying focused on the subjects due to the fact that the narrator was a bit on the side of sleep inducing. A soothing voice but dry in the reading, often coming across as methodical and like a recitation of facts. Much of the information is interesting but it was hard to stay focused. I think I got about 50% of what the author was saying just due to the dry expression of the narrator.
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