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

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Doug Ordunio

16 Hours 21 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

January 2011

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Guns, Germs and Steel examines the rise of civilization and the issues its development has raised throughout history.
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. 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.  Diamond also dissects racial theories of global history, and the resulting work—Guns, Germs and Steel—is a major contribution to our understanding the evolution of human societies.

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  • Herb B.

    This was interesting, even though it wasn't really what I expected. It's packed with a lot of information and reads more like a historical accounting than a novel. I learned much more about anthropology than I thought I might! If anthropology is something that interests you, I'll highly recommend this book. But it's narrated in a very dry way, with quick pacing and a monotone delivery. There are few (if any) pauses to let you think about what you just heard. It's narration makes it feel like a textbook that tries hard to be devoid of feeling or humor.

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  • Alaa A.

    Great book. It would work as a text book to university students.

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