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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The quality of the argument made - the extremely interesting thesis.
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.
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.
it makes a compelling case for the large impact of a few key variables to the development of societies.
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.
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.
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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