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    DescriptionWhy has human history unfolded so differently across the globe? Jared Diamond puts the case that geography and biogeography, not race, moulded the contrasting fates of Europeans, Asians, Native Americans, sub-Saharan Africans, and aboriginal Australians. An ambitious synthesis of history, biology, ecology and linguistics, Guns, Germs and Steel is a ground-breaking and humane work of popular science.


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    Title
    Guns, Germs and Steel
    Subtitle
    A Short History of Everbody for the Last 13000 Years
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jared M. Diamond
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 480
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 34 mm
    Weight: 422 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780099302780
    ISBN 10: 0099302780
    Classifications

    BIC subject category V2: HBG, HBTB
    BIC E4L: HIS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: JHMC, KCZ
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Subject Code: AH
    LC subject heading:
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17400
    Ingram Theme: APPR/AWARD
    DC22: 303.4
    BISAC V2.8: SOC015000, SOC002000
    DC21: 304.209
    BISAC V2.8: HIS039000
    Thema V1.0: JHMC, NHB, NHTB, KCZ
    Illustrations note
    32 b&w halftones
    Publisher
    VINTAGE
    Imprint name
    VINTAGE
    Publication date
    26 April 2000
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Jared Diamond is Professor of Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles. Until recently he was Professor of Physiology at the UCLA School of Medicine. He is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the widely acclaimed Guns, Germs, and Steel: the Fates of Human Societies, which also is the winner of Britain's 1998 Rhone-Poulenc Science Book Prize.
    Review quote
    "A book of remarkable scope... One of the most important and readable works on the human past" Nature "Fascinating, coherent, compassionate and completely accessible" Sunday Telegraph "A prodigious, convincing work, conceived on a grand scale" Observer "The most absorbing account on offer of the emergence of a world divided between have and have-nots... Never before put together so coherently, with such a combination of expertise, charm and compassion" The Times "Diamond's sideways-on view of human development may well establish its author as one of the very few scientists to have changed the way we think about history" Sunday Telegraph
    Review text
    The fate of the native Americans was sealed in the late Pleistocene when their ancestors, spreading across the continent, wiped out the large land mammals. The lack of suitable creatures to domesticate at a later stage of cultural development left the people with no resistance to the kind of germs - flu, tuberculosis, measles - that humans originally picked up from cattle and pigs. It was germ warfare that enabled a few boatloads of Spaniards to subjugate the Americas. Geography, climate and microbiology are the mainstays of Diamond's overview of evolution, which sets out to demolish racism and to answer the interesting question, 'Why did wealth and power become distributed as they now are, rather than in some other way?' He makes the answer seem so obvious that you think you could have figured it out for yourself. The very broad sweep entails some omissions and generalizations, but the result is a solid basis for the study of history. (Kirkus UK)