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

Guns, Germs And Steel

The Fates of Human Societies

Paperback Published: July 1998
ISBN: 9780099302780
Number Of Pages: 480

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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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"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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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.

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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

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Jared Diamond

About the Author


Jared Diamond is a professor of geography at the University of California, Los Angeles. He began his scientific career in physiology and expanded into evolutionary biology and biogeography. He has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society.

 Among Dr. Diamond's many awards are the National Medal of Science, the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, Japan's Cosmos Prize, a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and the Lewis Thomas Prize honoring the Scientist as Poet, presented by Rockefeller University. He has published more than six hundred articles and several books including the New York Times bestseller Guns, Germs, and Steel, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize

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