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


The broadest pattern of human history consists of the differences that emerged prehistorically in rates of human development on different continents, ... Show synopsis

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Michael R. Swift

Excellent Analysis

by Michael R. Swift on Jul 1, 2013

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, ... More


The Emperor's New Clothes

by Unlector on Jun 30, 2013

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 ... More

Thomas Y

Who you are in so many levels.

by Thomas Y on Oct 11, 2012

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. More


Details, details, details

by TheGrinch on Oct 27, 2011

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 ... More

starla s

Pleasure read...............

by starla s on 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 ... More

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