Guns, Germs and Steel

Guns, Germs and Steel : 20th Anniversary Edition

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'A book of big questions, and big answers' Yuval Noah Harari, bestselling author of Sapiens

Why has human history unfolded so differently across the globe? And what can it teach us about our current crisis?

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 that can provide expert insight into our modern world.


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Product details

  • Paperback | 592 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 32mm | 438g
  • Vintage
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 32 b&w halftones
  • 0099302780
  • 9780099302780
  • 995

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This is the book that turned me from a historian of medieval warfare into a student of humankind
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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 * A book of remarkable scope... One of the most important and readable works on the human past * Nature * A prodigious, convincing work, conceived on a grand scale * Observer * This is the book that turned me from a historian of medieval warfare into a student of humankind -- Yuval Noah Harari * Week * Fascinating, coherent, compassionate and completely accessible * Sunday Telegraph *
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About Jared Diamond

Jared Diamond is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel, which was named one of TIME's best non-fiction books of all time, the number one international bestseller Collapse and most recently The World UntilYesterday. A professor of geography at UCLA and noted polymath, Diamond's work has been influential in the fields of anthropology, biology, ornithology, ecology and history, among others.
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This is a panoramic view of human history. The book seeks to explain why some people have managed to split the atom and put a man on the moon while others remain rooted in a stone age society. Diamond argues that is not down to differences in intellegence, creativity etc but rather the particular environmental circumstances people find themselves. Only certain parts of the planet has allowed crop and animal domestication. The diffusion of the knowledge has also been circumscribed by environmental and geogrphical factors. It is the creative interactions with these environments by humans which determine how progress is made. Some people have found themselves in blind alleys and cul de sacs but others have been able to evolve and develope to create our modern society. The arguement is convincing from a historical perspective. How it will apply in a more global society remains to be seen. Diamond acknowledges that his study is still at the very broad brush stage and invites others to engage in to fill in the pieces or challenge the wider approach he has more
by Kilronan
I cannot recommend this book too highly. A magnificent exploration of why and how humanity has developed so diversely over time. Perhaps its most important role is to dispel the myth that some of us are primitive and others developed. A hard belief to shake when confronted with small groups of naked people living in jungles and comparing them to the inhabitants of Tokyo or New York, but this book manages it well. Through its many examples we can see the intelligent and rational responses, that are the hall mark of all humans, to the varied situations and circumstances we find ourselves more
by Jocelyn Willbond
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