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

By: Diamond, Jared

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Reprint. Sticker on back cover. 1999 Trade Paperback. 480 pp. In this artful, informative, and delightful (William H. McNeill, New York Review of Books) book, Jared Diamond convincingly argues that geographical and environmental factors shaped the modern world. Societies that had had a head start in food production advanced beyond the hunter-gatherer stage, and then developed religion --as well as nasty germs and potent weapons of war --and adventured on sea and land to conquer and decimate preliterate cultures. A major advance in our understanding of human societies, Guns, Germs, and Steel chronicles the way that the modern world came to be and stunningly dismantles racially based theories of human history. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science, the Rhone-Poulenc Prize, and the Commonwealth club of California's Gold Medal. Explaining what William McNeill called The Rise of the West has become the central problem in the study of global history. In Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond presents the biologist's answer: geography, demography, and ecological happenstance. Diamond evenhandedly reviews human history on every continent since the Ice Age at a rate that emphasizes only the broadest movements of peoples and ideas. Yet his survey is binocular: one eye has the rather distant vision of the evolutionary biologist, while the other eye--and his heart--belongs to the people of New Guinea, where he has done field work for more than 30 years.

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

Author: Diamond, Jared

Categories: Geology, Ecology & Environmental Science, Biology, History, Anthropology,

Edition: Reprint

Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company: 1999

ISBN Number: 0393317552

ISBN Number 13: 9780393317558

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition: Near Fine

Seller ID: 2200229