Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, by Jared Diamond

Synopsis: In this “artful, informative, and delightful” (William H. McNeill, New York Review of Books) book, Jared Diamond convincingly argues that geographical and environmental factors shaped the modern world. Societies that had had a head start in food production advanced beyond the hunter-gatherer stage, and then developed religion –as well as nasty germs and potent weapons of war –and adventured on sea and land to conquer and decimate preliterate cultures. A major advance in our understanding of human societies, Guns, Germs, and Steel chronicles the way that the modern world came to be and stunningly dismantles racially based theories of human history. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science, the Rhone-Poulenc Prize, and the Commonwealth club of California’s Gold Medal.

1998 WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR GENERAL NON FICTION
1997 WINNER OF THE PHI KAPPA BETA AWARD FOR SCIENCE BOOKS
1998 WINNER OF THE AVENTIS PRIZE FOR SCIENCE BOOKS

Published: 1997 | ISBN: 978-0393317558

Author’s Homepage: http://www.jareddiamond.org

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  1. LOL, I have been “reading” this book off and on for the past 12 years. I would bring this book with me on vacations that involved long, international flights. I would read a good chunk of it, get distracted by all the fun during the trip, get back to the States, and put it back on a book shelf. Then the cycle would repeat. My copy of this book has traveled to about nine different countries.

    One of these days, I’ll finish it.

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