Guns, Germs, and Steel by -W. W. Norton & Company-
The Fates of Human Societies By Jared Diamond

77%

9 Critic Reviews

This is a wonderfully interesting book, especially for historians of the usual liberal arts background, who will find the final chapter, "The Future of History as a Science," alone worth the price of admission.
-LA Times

Synopsis

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.

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Jared Diamond is professor of geography at UCLA and author of the best-selling Collapse and The Third Chimpanzee. He is a MacArthur Fellow and was awarded the National Medal of Science.
 
Published October 23, 2009 by W. W. Norton & Company. 488 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, History, Science & Math, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife, War, Business & Economics. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Guns, Germs, and Steel
All: 9 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 2

Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Dec 30 1996

His masterful synthesis is a refreshingly unconventional history informed by anthropology, behavioral ecology, linguistics, epidemiology, archeology and technological development.

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Publishers Weekly

Good

His masterful synthesis is a refreshingly unconventional history informed by anthropology, behavioral ecology, linguistics, epidemiology, archeology and technological development.

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Blog Critics

Good
on Jun 13 2003

Also, it gave me some new trains of thought about how to manage the future...I can hardly stop talking about this book to all the people I know. It was very exciting to read it.

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Examiner

Above average
Reviewed by Josef Hernandez on Aug 06 2013

The book did get a little dry at times but not so much as to be unreadable. If this is a topic that interests you, then you should enjoy the book. If not, then the book is not compelling enough to make you care.

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LA Times

Good
on Mar 09 1997

This is a wonderfully interesting book, especially for historians of the usual liberal arts background, who will find the final chapter, "The Future of History as a Science," alone worth the price of admission.

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Suite 101

Good
on Jul 24 2007

Whether your interests lay in the historical – be it military...Jared Diamond’s enlightened, compelling and groundbreaking study will have you looking at the past with new eyes, and coming to grips with the potency of Guns, Germs, and Steel.

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Daily Kos

Good
on Jun 24 2011

Jared Diamond's book Guns, Germs and Steel was published in 1997, but I only started to read it this year. I am sorry that I waited so long; it is one of those books that has changed the way that I see the world.

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Curled Up

Good
on Sep 29 2014

Readable and plain-spoken, Guns, Germs, and Steel will fascinate anyone interested in the history of humans on this peculiar little planet.

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Brothers Judd

Below average
on May 02 2000

I'll assume that his motives, though perhaps noble, lead him to propound a dubious scientific theory in order to undermine racially based theories that may or may not be equally weak. This is a book to be read and enjoyed, but with a skeptical eye.

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