It is the perfect book to read. 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. Secured Download: I remember listening to this audiobook many years ago. In Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond presents the biologist's answer: geography, demography, and ecological happenstance. A global account of the rise of civilization that is also a stunning refutation of ideas of human development based on race.
I wonder if I'd feel differently now, after reading lots of environmental history? Being very well researched, I found it interesting and insightful for the most part. Tom Parker is an award-winning narrator with over a thousand titles to his credit. An answer key is provided. Found my mind wondering a lot. I have referred countless people to Guns, Germs and Steel as a step to looking at possible reasons why the world has shaken out to its current state. Comments 0 4: 20 April 2012 Views: 154. I think Bill Gates' quote on the back of the book sums it up perfectly: It's a great foundation for any study of world history.
Yes, I got the book's theme geographical determinism , thank you very much, just didn't find it original or surprising. It is a story that spans 13,000 years of human history, beginning when Stone Age hunter-gatherers constituted the entire human population. Funny section about the necessity of the state at the end, totally unsupported. But then he seemed to basically repeat the same conclusions in different ways for 200 more pages. Direct Download: Tips: You could try out alternative bittorrent clients.
JustGiving: Guns Germs and Steel - Out of Eden- A three part Documentary series based on Jared Diamond's Pulitzer Prize-winning book of the same name, Guns, Germs and Steel traces humanity's journey over the last 13,000 years from the dawn of farming at the end of the last Ice Age to the realities of life in the twenty-first century. At that point, a great divide occurred in the rates that human societies evolved. From the viewpoint of an evolutionary biologist, he highlights the broadest movements both literal and conceptual on every continent since the Ice Age, and examines societal advances such as writing, religion, government, and technology. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize Download and start listening now! 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. Not sure I am convinced. The result is usually one society destroying the other.
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While this is happening, a power-phobic Batman tries to attack Superman. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Guns, Germs and Steel examines the rise of civilization and the issues its development has raised throughout history. The book wasn't bad - Jared Diamond is a great author - but I did not appeal to me. He began his scientific career in physiology and expanded into evolutionary biology and biogeography. The paths that lead from scattered centers of food to broad bands of settlement had a great deal to do with climate and geography. The most logical explanation I've ever encountered as to why some civilizations and peoples crumble in the wake of others. It's a great study of world history, epic in scope.
This was back when I listened to books haven't done so in years , but it waspretty interesting. As Jared Diamond vividly reveals, the very people who gained a head start in producing food would collide with preliterate cultures, shaping the modern world through conquest, displacement, and genocide. Having done field work in New Guinea for more than 30 years, Jared Diamond presents the geographical and ecological factors that have shaped the modern world. This did not keep me interested. It's still interesting overall, and his conclusions make sense, but it is a bit of a chore to read the whole thing. Diamond dismantles pernicious racial theories tracing societal differences to biological differences.
Diamond's answers, at least early in the book, really drew me in. Were the people in Eurasia superior in some way, or were other factors at work? Not a real page turner. Inspired by a question put to him on the island of Papua New Guinea more than thirty years ago, Diamond embarks on a world-wide quest to understand the roots of global inequality. In its sweep, Guns, Germs and Steel encompasses the rise of agriculture, technology, writing, government, and religion, providing a unifying theory of human history as intriguing as the histories of dinosaurs and glaciers. The book was very repetitive and could have been summarized into a book half as long.
In Eurasia, parts of the Americas, and Africa, farming became the prevailing mode of existence when indigenous wild plants and animals were domesticated by prehistoric planters and herders. Things I wondered about over the years were answered very completely. He has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. This edition includes a new chapter on Japan and all-new illustrations drawn from the television series. Guns, Germ, and Steel - Jared Diamond Add a comment please before commenting Email optional, used for avatar. I think the hype comes from an interesting premise. But as with all sociological research, it is still limited in its scope and breadth.