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

ISBN 10: 0393317552 / 0-393-31755-2
ISBN 13: 9780393317558
Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc
Publication Date: 1999
Binding: Softcover
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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 a head start in food production advanced beyond the hunter-gatherer stage, and then developed writing, technology, government, and organized 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. Jared Diamond, professor of physiology at the UCLA School of Medicine, is the author of the best-selling and award-winning The Third Chimpanzee. He has published over 200 articles in Discover, Natural History, Nature, and Geo magazines.

Review:
"[Diamond's] masterful synthesis is a refreshingly unconventional history informed by anthropology, behavioral ecology, linguistics, epidemiology, archeology and technological development."

Publishers Weekly, 01/13/1997

Review:
"...[A]n impressive achievement, with nods to the historians, anthropologists, and others who laid the groundwork."

Kirkus, 01/15/1997

 

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