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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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    Christian Jorgensen Denmark 12-04-16
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    "Great and compelling - if somewhat technical"
    What made the experience of listening to Guns, Germs and Steel the most enjoyable?

    The quality of the argument made - the extremely interesting thesis.


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    The book is great and well argued and the general thesis stands out quite clear. That being said the book at times becomes extremely technical when it comes to seeds, types of animals, etc.

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    david 12-02-16
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    "Good book. Lots of details. Very through."

    Good book. Lots of details. Very through. It is going to stay in my library.

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    Donald Mansfield MN, USA 11-07-16
    Donald Mansfield MN, USA 11-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Absolutely amazing"

    Very thorough. Although his conclusion isn't as controversial as it may have been, it's nonetheless an eye opening, enthralling deterministic account of human history.

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    Daniel S. Mayer Boulder, CO 10-02-16
    Daniel S. Mayer Boulder, CO 10-02-16 Member Since 2016

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    "excellent quick history of humanity"

    it makes a compelling case for the large impact of a few key variables to the development of societies.

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    Luis 10-02-16
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    "Epic modern history and science companion book"

    Traveling through #czech republic, #Austria, #Italy, #Slovenia and #Hungary🇭🇺 has given me the opportunity to gain quite a bit of knowledge not often taught in the US and even latin america, some of it was nice, other very troubling. I was lucky to have Jared Diamond join me on the trip through an Audio Book for some lengthy driving and plane rides, it provided key insights about history which I never had heard before, and should help to put a lot of people at peace with tons of human horrors and social differences. The book is an amazing scientific ride revisiting history explaining a lot of the "hows", its truly an epic endeavor and am so surprised by his dedication to writing the book.

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    "Try A brief history by Bill Bryson instead."

    This was disappointing. A light weight effort filled with very little real insight. Try the Bill Bryson book instead.

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    Chaitanya 09-19-16
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    "Worth reading"

    Nicely arranged chapters . little slow and easy to lose attention in some chapters.
    Author has covered most of the world's civilizations in brief.
    narrator's voice is crisp and suits the genre.

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    cleverKermit Rexburg, ID 09-09-16
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    "Harry Seldon?"

    Echoes of psycho history...interesting that it so closely follows the concept. Good book, not as exciting as the title and cover...

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    "Rich and Brilliant"

    Wow. I'm so amazed by this book. I think it will stand as the book that taught me the most. You'll walk away from this book with a much deeper understanding of the world we live in.

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    "Great evolutionary book."

    Pretty interesting even if the narrative is a bit slow and tend to repeat several time his arguments.

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