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Guns, Germs And Steel : The Fates of Human Societies - Jared Diamond

Guns, Germs And Steel

The Fates of Human Societies


Published: July 1998
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GUNS, GERMS AND STEEL is nothing less than an enquiry into the reasons why Europe and the Near East became the cradle of modern societies-eventually giving rise to capitalism and science, the dominant forces in our contemporary world-and why, until modern times. Africa, Australasia and the Americas lagged behind in technological sophistication and in political and military power. The native peoples of those continents are still suffering the consequences.

Diamond shows definitively that the origins of this inequality in human fortunes cannot be laid at the door of race or inherent features of the people themselves. He argues that the inequality stems instaed from the differing natural resources available to the people of each continent.

About the Author

Jared Diamond is Professor of Physiology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Trained in physiology, he later took up the study of ecology and has made fundamental contributions to both disciplines. He is among the worlds leading zoologists and experts on birds. He has made many trips to the mountains of New Guinea to study their unique birds, rediscovered their long-lost bowerbird, and advises New Guinea governments on conservation. As well as writing technical articles in his many fields of interest, Jared Diamond writes regularly for popular science journals. He is married, and has twin sons.


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Jared Diamonds Guns Germs and Steel is an interesting and bias view of the world we know today. It is worth a read if you wish to understand how we have evolved and how certain races arrived in different countries and how what was available to them helped create their identity. However it is also good to compare and contrast this book with other sources views from anthropologists and geologists on where Jared got it wrong too. All in all it is a win-win for the reader as knowledge is the reward from this experience.

Sydney, Australia

Guns, Germs And Steel

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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 *

ISBN: 9780099302780
ISBN-10: 0099302780
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: July 1998
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 12.8  x 3.8
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1