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Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

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Grover Gardner

6 Hours 0 Minutes

HighBridge Company

July 2001

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Winner of the Pulitzer PrizeIn this groundbreaking work, evolutionary biologist Jared Diamond stunningly dismantles racially based theories of human history by revealing the environmental factors actually responsible for history's broadest patterns. It is a story that spans 13,000 years of human history, beginning when Stone Age hunter-gatherers constituted the entire human population. Guns, Germs, and Steel is a world history that really is a history of all the world's peoples, a unified narrative of human life.

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  • David L

    Not Unabridged. The orginal book is somewhat long, so I cannot imagine being able to capture it in only six hours.

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  • Anonymous

    The book started very slow and is very dry. There are many parts that are very educational and informative, but you may sleep through them since you likely already feel alseep at the wheel. It's OK, but a lot to take. The material is good and I did learn some but couldn't finish it.

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  • Anonymous

    I agree with the general tenor of the other reviews. Fascinating book but pretty dense. It was a bit of a shlog to get through but I am glad I pushed on to the end

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  • Anonymous

    Can become tiresome if listening all at once

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  • Anonymous

    Interesting information but hard to follow.

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  • Michael

    Very interesting intertwined history of the world and our impact on it.

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  • Carronade

    Interesting premise and a thoughtful answer to the question raised...but...thank god I got the abridged version. I think this is to much information for the non-scientific reader. Interesting points, but frequently redundant and confusing.

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  • Anonymous

    Interesting book! A friend recommended it. It's sometimes a little dense but enjoyable.

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  • JH

    Not a "page turner", but definitely something everyone should listen to. He provides the most realistic theory behind the Eurasians domination of the Americas, Africa and Australia. Yes it is a bit a of history lesson - which can be boring at times, especially after listening to exciting audio books such as DaVinci Code, but if you are interested in the above then you should enjoy the book.

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  • Raj

    This book had amazing potential but with too much detail for the lay reader (plus a reading style that reminded me of Ben Stein in Ferris Beuler) was enough to make me comatose... not good when I'm driving.

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