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

Why did Eurasians conuer displace or decimate Native Americans Australians and Africans instead of the reverse In this artful informative and delightful William H McNeill New York Review of Books book a classic of our time evolutionary biologist Jared Diamond dismantles racist theories of human history by revealing the environmental factors actually responsible for its broadest patternsThe story begins 13000 years ago when Stone Age hunter gatherers constituted the entire human population Around that time the developmental p. I loved this book and the fact that he has applied emperical evidence together with somewhat serendipitous predicting makes it a classic in my eyesIt s phenomenal that Homo Sapiens has been around circa 500000 years and only 10000 of those years have been in a settled environment So for 98% 490000 years of that time we were Hunter gatherers who respected the Earth and only took what we needed In the last 400 years we have plundered the planet where greedy Shareholders of Public Companies took than their share of the Earth and are destroying it at the expense of the Stakeholders Jared Diamond points this out in his comparison of the have and have nots Brilliant


Aths of human societies on different continents began to diverge greatly Early domestication of wild plants and animals in the Fertile Crescent China Mesoamerica the Andes and other areas gave peoples of those regions a head start at a new way of life But the localized origins of farming and herding proved to be only part of the explanation for their differing fates The uneual rates at which food production spread from those initial centers were influenced by other features of climate and geography including the disparate si. it opened a new window for me

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Zes locations and even shapes of the continents Only societies that moved away from the hunter gatherer stage went on to develop writing technology government and organized religions as well as deadly germs and potent weapons of war It was those societies adventuring on sea and land that invaded others decimating native inhabitants through slaughter and the spread of diseaseA major landmark in our understanding of human societies Guns Germs and Steel chronicles the way in which the modern world and its ineualities came to be. Look just read it it s worth the effort and explains a lot about the world as we know it

13 thoughts on “Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

  1. says:

    I loved this book and the fact that he has applied emperical evidence together with somewhat serendipitous pred

  2. says:

    I spent a whole semester on this book for a class and absolutely loved it100% recommend as a gift to anyone interested in this field

  3. says:

    I suggest this is one of the best narratives on the distant history of mankind highly recommended

  4. says:

    very good book it would be better if the font is bigger

  5. says:

    Excellent book to read

  6. says:

    it opened a new window for me

  7. says:

    Very good thank you i am still enjoying the book the only thing i do find is the download does not include a lot off the pictures

  8. says:

    Look just read it it's worth the effort and explains a lot about the world as we know it

  9. says:

    How this book managed to pass me by for the last 20 years is beyond me but it did and I was much the poorer for it I suspect it was down to the somewhat misleading subtitle Its not a short history of the world it

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    I have only read the introduction and the first chapter but already given upThe book seems to be premised around the notion of the Great Leap Forward However three recent discoveries would seem to seriously call into uestion this notion; Pre Clovis occupation 14550 years ago at the Page Ladson site Florida; U Th dating of carbonate crusts has

  11. says:

    Having read Sapiens with its great anthropological history of man I wanted of the same I got this based on other reviews and am disappointed It starts with a man who has obviously been to New Guinea and felt a connection with the people there This connection continues throughout what is an impenetrable book The tiny writing and boring recounting of human history from A to J then back to D is like a Tarantino film I co

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    Generally the books faults are covered by other reviews and I think bill brysons short history is much accessibleMy chief

  13. says:

    With apologies to the author whose book I really want to read It just isn’t possible to open this B format edition without the knowledge that you’ll have a migraine after 5 pages The publisher has clearly taken a cost saving decision to shrink the pages from the hardback rather than reflow the text Very disappointed

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