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Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

42 Ratings: 4.0
A book released October 1999 by Jared Diamond

Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies is a 1997 book by Jared Diamond, professor of geography and physiology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In 1998 it won a Pulitzer Prize and the Aventis Prize for Best Science Book. … see full wiki

Author: Jared Diamond
Publisher: Topeka Bindery
Date Published: October 1999
11 reviews about Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human...
review by . August 25, 2008
Diamond traces the spread of human culture, language, and empire-building across the globe in terms of "geographic determinism"--a pejorative term he deplores: ". . . Societies developed differently on different continents because of differences in continental environments, not in human biology."    Specifically, he traces the ultimate causes that some human societies who (literally and sometimes figuratively) developed guns, germs and steel were able to subjugate the continental …
Quick Tip by . June 15, 2010
As an anthropologist, I found this a fascinating read.
Quick Tip by . June 15, 2010
A complete overview of the factors involved in societal evolution: or how we got to be the way we are.
Quick Tip by . June 11, 2010
Awesome book and history, Good read.
review by . May 14, 2009
I highly recommend this book.  
review by . November 19, 2007
Why did western culture triumph in the struggle for world dominance? Here's your answer, clearly and boldly laid out by a far-sighted historian grounded in evolutionary biology and biogeography. Or, rather, here are the four answers, all deriving from one overarching truth: human history is a function of the environment. 1. There are significant continental differences in wild plant and large animal populations, particularly in regard to domesticability. Most of the plant species on which humans …
review by . September 12, 2006
How did we get to where we are? This is a question sometimes asked by those who travel abroad and see cultures and societies quite different from their own. This is also one of those questions that lurks just below the collective conscious of the social sciences; why are different societies different, and why have some survived and conquered, while others disappeared or were absorbed? Jared Diamond provides us the answers, and does so using empirical evidence from the physical sciences like geology, …
review by . October 04, 2005
Overall, this is a brilliant piece of work that provides a convincing explanation of an important, if not sole, factor in explaining certain aspects of the modern geopolitical situation. He discusses fascinating historical theories. Most important, he does this within a scientific framework, explaining the rise of states through evidence rather than bizzare philosophical theories or ideology.    My one fault with this book is its lack of scope. For the most part, Diamond seems …
review by . September 03, 2004
Author Jared Diamond's "Guns, Germs, and Steel" lays a foundation for the understanding of >13,000 years of human history throughout the world.    Diamond claims that the thought of producing this treatise arose during a conversation with a local politician named "Yali" during a visit to New Guinea in 1972. According to Diamond, Yali's question was (among others): "Why is it that you white people developed so much cargo and brought it to New Guinea, but we black people had little …
review by . March 06, 2004
Wow- it seems like all of the reviewers of this book have been completely polarized. I guess I would rather take the work for what it is worth. What is it worth...?      Well many of the chapters are truly fascinating reads! Almost on the same-page turning numbness as you will find in a good crime novel. However, other chapters are brutally slow, and you can't help but let you mind wander. Religon is virtually ignored for any of his analysis, except that certain religons helped …
review by . January 29, 2001
This is really quite an interesting book, but many of the premises it offers I had covered in two units of Anthoropology at University. However it is peppered with enough interesting "incidents" from world history to make it worthy of a read even if you had no real interest in the subject matter.It is reasonably technical, and may be considered "heavy going" by someome disinclined to tackle such a volume. However it is still popular science, and takes a look at what are fundamentally interesting …
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