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Guns, Germs, and Steel The Fates of Human Societies (Paperback)

Author:  Jared Diamond
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0393317552
ISBN-13: 9780393317558
Sku: 30291754
Publish Date: 4/1/1999
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9.5H x 6L x 1.25T
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We all know that history has proceeded very differently for peoples from different parts of the globe. (from the first line)
An intriguing study of the rise of civilization argues that human development is not based on race or ethnic differences but rather is linked to biological diversity, discussing the evolution of agriculture, technology, writing, political systems, and religious belief. Reprint. *Author: Diamond, Jared *Subtitle: The Fates of Human Societies *Publication Date: 1999/04/01 *Number of Pages: 480 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.25 *Width: 6.00 *Height: 9.50
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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.In this "artful, informative, and delightful (book)" ("New York Review of Books"), Diamond offers a convincing explanation of the way the modern world came to be and stunningly dismantles racially based theories of human history. Photos.
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This history examines the influences of geography and environment on the development of civilization and seeks to find large patterns that might explain why, in the modern period, some groups seem to have significantly greater material wealth than others. The author is an evolutionary biologist and his scientific approach to human history draws on examples from societies all over the world.
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Jared Diamond
Jared Diamond has been a professor of physiology at UCLA Medical School and is a frequent contributor to "Discover" and "Natural History" magazines.

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Publishers Weekly
"[Diamond's] masterful synthesis is a refreshingly unconventional history informed by anthropology, behavioral ecology, linguistics, epidemiology, archeology and technological development." 01/13/1997

Kirkus Reviews
"...[A]n impressive achievement, with nods to the historians, anthropologists, and others who laid the groundwork." 01/15/1997

Los Angeles Times Book Review
"This is a wonderfully interesting book, especially for historians of the usual liberal arts background, who will find the final chapter 'The Future of the History of Science,' alone worth the price of admission." - Alfred W. Crosby 03/09/1997

Washington Post Book World
"...[A] fascinating and extremely important book....[A] volume no one should leave college without reading." - David Brown 05/11/1997

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