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Good in Good jacket. 0393061310 2005 W.W. Norton and Co. (NY), 6 3/8 x 9 1/2 inches tall hardbound in publisher's unclipped dust jacket, black and yellow paper-covered boards, gilt lettering to spine, illustrated, 518 pp. Slight rubbing and edgewear to covers. Bumping to lower edge of front cover, with resultant very slight creasing to the lower edge of the first few pages of the book. Otherwise, a very good copy-clean, bright and unmarked-in a somewhat rubbed and edgeworn dust jacket. Due to the weight of the book, additional postage will be required for standard international orders. ~MM~ 'Fascinating....Lays a foundation for understanding human history. '-Bill Gates. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Guns, Germs, and Steel is a brilliant work answering the question of why the peoples of certain continents succeeded in invading other continents and conquering or displacing their peoples. This edition includes a new chapter on Japan and all-new illustrations drawn from the television series. Until around 11, 000 BC, all peoples were still Stone Age hunter/gatherers. At that point, a great divide occurred in the rates that human societies evolved. In Eurasia, parts of the Americas, and Africa, farming became the prevailing mode of existence when indigenous wild plants and animals were domesticated by prehistoric planters and herders. As Jared Diamond vividly reveals, the very people who gained a head start in producing food would collide with preliterate cultures, shaping the modern world through conquest, displacement, and genocide. The paths that lead from scattered centers of food to broad bands of settlement had a great deal to do with climate and geography. But how did differences in societies arise? Why weren't native Australians, Americans, or Africans the ones to colonize Europe? Diamond dismantles pernicious racial theories tracing societal differences to biological differences. He assembles convincing evidence linking germs to domestication of animals, germs that Eurasians then spread in epidemic proportions in their voyages of discovery. In its sweep, Guns, Germs and Steel encompasses the rise of agriculture, technology, writing, government, and religion, providing a unifying theory of human history as intriguing as the histories of dinosaurs and glaciers. 32 illustrations.
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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, would be one that flourished along that particular lattitude. Increased population density in a rich environment was bound to give an advantage to such a civilization.
Jun 30, 2013
The Emperor's New Clothes
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 that the world domination once achieved by the Europeans and their descendants was not the product of superior intelligence, fearless determination, or incredible stoicism in the face of adversity. No. It was derived from the fact that they had more food available to them (even though the Incas were well fed, and there was more starvation in Europe than in the Mexico of the Aztecs). Also, according to the author, the Europeans were resistant to infectious diseases, an affirmation that may astonish anyone with minimal knowledge of medical history.
The author goes far in slighting the achievements of the Europeans. Here is an example, Mr. Diamond contrast the 400 feet-long Chinese vessels of the 1400s against their contemporary, ?puny? (his word) ships of Columbus. It seems not to matter that the portentous Chinese float achieved nothing, while the ?puny? vessels of Columbus changed the history of the world.
The simpleton has spoken.
Oct 11, 2012
Who you are in so many levels.
An open mind is required to understand why. Ask yourself while reading what could you have done to accomplish as much as those you judge.
Oct 27, 2011
Details, details, details
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 of our surroundings... not because of what's inside our craniums. I cannot recommend it enough. Next on my list is his book 'Collapse'.
Jul 15, 2010
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 eyes. Revealing answers to questions long since ask and forgotten. Answers as to why and how racism started in the first place, why some people are bless, while others seem forgotten and why the world's countries are unequal in wealth.
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