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THE WORLD UNTIL YESTERDAY: WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM TRADITIONAL SOCIETIES? - Scarce Pristine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing

Diamond, Jared

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ISBN 10: 0670024813 / ISBN 13: 9780670024810
Published by New York City, NY: Viking/Penguin Books, 2012
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1st Printing. 500 pages. Published in 2012. The author's book-length account on subject. One of the most important cultural events of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Jared Diamond's "The World Until Yesterday". His most probing book thus far on the fate of the earth. The book draws from Diamond's decades of fieldwork in the Pacific Islands as well as evidence from the Inuit (Eskimo), Amazonian Indian, and Kalahari San societies, and as such, is Diamond's first first-hand account. "Most of us take for granted the features of our modern society. From air travel and telecommunications to literacy and obesity. Yet for nearly all of its six million years of existence, human society had none of these things. While the gulf that divides us from our primitive ancestors may seem unbridgeably wide, we can glimpse much of our former lifestyle in those largely traditional societies still or recently in existence. Societies like those of the New Guinea Highlanders remind us that it was only yesterday, in evolutionary time, when everything changed and that we moderns still possess bodies and social practices often better adapted to traditional than to modern conditions. Their solutions to universal human problems such as child rearing, elder care, dispute resolution, risk, and physical fitness have much to teach us. Essential and delightful" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Jared Diamond collectors. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce copy thus. 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 in 1999 and 2000 for "Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies". One of the greatest American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JARED DIAMOND TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0670024813. Bookseller Inventory # 19939

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Most of us take for granted the features of our modern society, from air travel and telecommunications to literacy and obesity. Yet for nearly all of its six million years of existence, human society had none of these things. While the gulf that divides us from our primitive ancestors may seem unbridgeably wide, we can glimpse much of our former lifestyle in those largely traditional societies still or recently in existence. Societies like those of the New Guinea Highlanders remind us that it was only yesterday—in evolutionary time—when everything changed and that we moderns still possess bodies and social practices often better adapted to traditional than to modern conditions.

The World Until Yesterday provides a mesmerizing firsthand picture of the human past as it had been for millions of years—a past that has mostly vanished—and considers what the differences between that past and our present mean for our lives today.
This is Jared Diamond?s most personal book to date, as he draws extensively from his decades of field work in the Pacific islands, as well as evidence from Inuit, Amazonian Indians, Kalahari San people, and others. Diamond doesn?t romanticize traditional societies—after all, we are shocked by some of their practices—but he finds that their solutions to universal human problems such as child rearing, elder care, dispute resolution, risk, and physical fitness have much to teach us. A characteristically provocative, enlightening, and entertaining book, The World Until Yesterday will be essential and delightful reading.

 

About the Author: Jared Diamond is a professor of geography at the University of California, Los Angeles. He began his scientific career in physiology and expanded into evolutionary biology and biogeography. Among his many awards are the National Medal of Science, the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, Japan?s Cosmos Prize, a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and the Lewis Thomas Prize honoring the Scientist as Poet, presented by The Rockefeller University. His previous books include Why Is Sex Fun?, The Third Chimpanzee, Collapse, The World Until Yesterday, and Guns, Germs, and Steel, winner of the Pulitzer Prize.

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Title: THE WORLD UNTIL YESTERDAY: WHAT CAN WE LEARN...

Publisher: New York City, NY: Viking/Penguin Books, 2012

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: no

Edition: 1st Edition.

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