Guns, Germs, and Steel : The Fates of Human Societies (Hardcover) - Diamond, Jared

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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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Publisher Turtleback Books
Mfg Part# 9780613181143
SKU 30926757
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 061318114X
Release Date 7/9/2007
Author Info
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.
Praise
"[Diamond's] masterful synthesis is a refreshingly unconventional history informed by anthropology, behavioral ecology, linguistics, epidemiology, archeology and technological development."
"...[A]n impressive achievement, with nods to the historians, anthropologists, and others who laid the groundwork."
"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."
"...[A] fascinating and extremely important book....[A] volume no one should leave college without reading."
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Annotation 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.
First Line We all know that history has proceeded very differently for peoples from different parts of the globe.
Editors Note Dismantles racially based theories of human history by revealing the environmental factors he feels are responsible for history's broadest patterns
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0480
Publisher Turtleback Books
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