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Guns, Germs and Steel: A short history of everybody for the last 13,000 years by [Jared Diamond]
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[Diamond] is broadly erudite, writes in a style that pleasantly expresses scientific concepts in vernacular American English, and deals almost exclusively in questions that should interest everyone concerned about how humanity has developed. . . . [He] has done us all a great favor by supplying a rock-solid alternative to the racist answer. . . . A wonderfully interesting book.--Alfred W. Crosby

A book of remarkable scope, a history of the world in less than 500 pages which succeeds admirably, where so many others have failed, in analyzing some of the basic workings of culture process.... One of the most important and readable works on the human past published in recent years.--Colin Renfrew

An ambitious, highly important book.--James Shreeve

An epochal work. Diamond has written a summary of human history that can be accounted, for the time being, as Darwinian in its authority.--Thomas M. Disch

Artful, informative, and delightful.... There is nothing like a radically new angle of vision for bringing out unsuspected dimensions of a subject, and that is what Jared Diamond has done.--William H. McNeil

The scope and the explanatory power of this book are astounding. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Rhone-Poulenc Science Book Prize


Why has human history unfolded so differently across the globe?


Jared Diamond puts the case that geography and biogeography, not race, moulded the contrasting fates of Europeans, Asians, Native Americans, sub-Saharan Africans, and aboriginal Australians.


An ambitious synthesis of history, biology, ecology and linguistics, Guns, Germs and Steel is a ground-breaking and humane work of popular science.


‘The most absorbing account on offer of the emergence of a world divided between have and have-nots... Never before put together so coherently, with such a combination of expertise, charm and compassion’ The Times


‘A book of remarkable scope... One of the most important and readable works on the human past’ Nature


‘Fascinating, coherent, compassionate and completely accessible’ Sunday Telegraph --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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