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The broadest pattern of human history consists of the differences that emerged prehistorically in rates of human development on different continents, ...Show synopsisThe broadest pattern of human history consists of the differences that emerged prehistorically in rates of human development on different continents, and that led to today's inequalities. This book abandons the conventional distinctions between history and science. By focusing on what ancient peoples were endowed with in the way of land, animals and plants, and on the confrontations between less and more advanced peoples, Diamond sheds genuinely new light on the world's most explosive divisions.Hide synopsis
Description:Near Fine in Near Fine Dust Jacket. First edition, 9th printing...Near Fine in Near Fine Dust Jacket. First edition, 9th printing (1997). , 7-494 p. : illustrated: includes bibliographical references. An mportant work in Social Evolution, arguing that Eurasian hegemony arose not from intellectual, moral or genetic superiority but from differences in the geographic and physical environments in which societies evolved. Near Fine in Near Fine.; Large 8vo 9"-10" tall; 494 pages; 0393038912; 0393038912.
Description:Fine. No dust jacket as issued. VERY SLIGHTEST CORNER RUBS, ELSE...Fine. No dust jacket as issued. VERY SLIGHTEST CORNER RUBS, ELSE LIKE NEW. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. Audience: General/trade.
Description:Good. Minor damp staining at top and bottom, affecting several...Good. Minor damp staining at top and bottom, affecting several pages slightly. 480 p. Illustrations. Further Readings. Index. 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. From Wikipedia: "Mason Diamond (born September 10, 1937) is an American scientist and author best known for his popular science books The Third Chimpanzee (1991), Guns, Germs, and Steel (1997, awarded a Pulitzer Prize), Collapse (2005) and The World Until Yesterday (2012). Originally trained in physiology, Diamond's work is known for drawing from a variety of fields, including anthropology, ecology, geography, and evolutionary biology. He is currently Professor of Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has been described as "America s best-known geographer". Diamond was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to a Bessarabian Jewish family. His father, Louis K. Diamond, was a physician, and his mother, Flora Kaplan, a teacher, linguist, and concert pianist. Diamond himself began studying piano at age six; years later he would propose to his wife after playing the Brahms Intermezzo in A minor for her. He attended the Roxbury Latin School and earned a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College in 1958 and a PhD on the physiology and biophysics of membranes in the gall bladder from the University of Cambridge in 1961. After graduating from Cambridge, Diamond returned to Harvard as a Junior Fellow until 1965, and, in 1968, became Professor of Physiology at UCLA Medical School. While in his twenties he developed a second, parallel, career in ornithology and ecology, specialising in New Guinea and nearby islands. Later, in his fifties, Diamond developed a third career in environmental history and became Professor of Geography at UCLA, his current position. He won the National Medal of Science in 1999 and Westfield State University granted him an honorary doctorate in 2009. Diamond originally specialized in salt absorption in the gall bladder. He has also published scholarly works in the fields of ecology and ornithology, but is arguably best known for authoring a number of popular-science books combining topics from diverse fields other than those he has formally studied. Because of this diversity Diamond has been described as a polymath. Diamond's first popular book, The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal (1991), examined human evolution and its relevance to the modern world, incorporating evidence from anthropology, evolutionary biology, genetics, ecology, and linguistics. It was well received by critics and won the 1992 Rhône-Poulenc Prize for Science Books and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. In 1997, he followed this up with Why is Sex Fun? , which focused in on the evolution of human sexuality, again drawing from anthropology, ecology, and evolutionary biology. His third and best known popular science book, Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, was published in 1997. In it, Diamond sought to explain the political and economic dominance of Eurasian societies over those from other parts of the world throughout history. Using evidence from archaeological and historical case studies and evidence from genetics and linguistics, he argued that gaps in power and technology between human societies are not primarily caused by cultural or racial differences, but originated in environmental...
Description:Good. No Jacket/as issued. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. 8vo...Good. No Jacket/as issued. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Signed by Author 480 pages. signed "best wishes, Jared Diamond", at the top corner of the title page, in blue ink. The fore-edge corners are beginning to fray a little.
Description:Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. 9780393038910. Later...Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. 9780393038910. Later printing, 'Pulitzer Prize' notice on front cover, no notice of printing on copyright page. personalized inscription signed by Diamond with date on ffep. jacket just lightly worn at the edges and now protected in mylar. very light shelfwear, pages are clean, straight and tightly bound. no marks to the text or other serious flaws.; 1.5 x 9.3 x 6 Inches; 480 pages; Signed by Author.
Description:Fine in fine dust jacket. Signed by author. Sewn binding. Paper...Fine in fine dust jacket. Signed by author. Sewn binding. Paper over boards. With dust jacket. 480 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: General/trade. Norton, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition (first printing). The third book by the author of COLLAPSE and THE THIRD CHIMPANZEE, a narrative that dismantles racially-based theories of human history by revealing the environmental factors responsible for history's broadest patterns. Winner of the Pulizer Prize. Fine/Fine but for a tiny tapped corner. Signed by Diamond on the front free end paper. Signed by Author.
An insightful, well-written, and logical explanation of the reasons for the global political, economic, and ethnic order that exists today. It is easy to understand how a people that settled in the 'fertile cresent', with its climate and abundant natural resources in domesticable plants and animals, ...
This book has been praised by many (including Bill Gates!), received several awards, and was serialized in PBS. I may play here the role of the simpleton who screamed that the Emperor had no clothes on his august person. So be it!
As I see it, the author has used some 500 pages to present his thesis ...
Jared Diamond takes you through every conceivable nook and cranny of man's so-called evolution. Far from taking the stance that humans of European decent are smarter or "more advanced" because they're just biologically better than everyone else, he shows us just how we earthlings have advanced because ...
Guns, Germs and Steel was recommended to Shawnee State University, by Prof. Mark Mirabello, for inclusion in its Foundations of Social Sciences course - SOSC1110-01. Some college text books can be dry, but this book was fascinating. It provided a look at the world's history through new and focused ...
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