Guns, Germs, and Steel The Fates of Human Societies (Paperback)
|Author: Jared Diamond|
|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.
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.
"[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
A good overview of human history and development4/3/2012
Jared Diamond's "Guns, Germs, and Steel" is a very basic and broad overview of Diamond's theory of human development over the past 12,000 years. The book is well-written, albeit occasionally dry. Diamond does his best with a generally tame subject, making for interesting reading. His theory is logical, and well-supported. If any criticisms can be made, it could be that the book is too deterministic. But you'll have to read it for yourself to determine whether it is or not. A good read, and as good a read as anything else you'll find at this price.
Most wonderful book6/26/2002
Diamond deals with a difficult subject of Human development over the ages and yet manages to put a cogent and continuous case for his theory. A Theory that is very logical and highly convincing. This is an enlightning book that should help in understanding how we developed as a species from early man and about the apparent inequities between human lives in different parts of the world and why they exist.
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