Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies - Jared Diamond Ph.D.

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

By Jared Diamond Ph.D.

  • Release Date: 1999-04-17
  • Genre: Social Science
Score: 4
4
From 221 Ratings

Description

"Fascinating.... Lays a foundation for understanding human history."—Bill Gates
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.

Reviews

  • Excellent!

    5
    By Gypsy Lily Connection
    Great insight! Big, global scale questions, answered with simple concepts. Also a good reference book for ancient agriculture, and the history of animal husbandry. Very good book!
  • Engrossing History w/Great Narrative Skills

    5
    By H@ppyR@bbit
    This should be a must read for anyone disenchanted at an early age with world history. Mr. Diamond makes a clear case for the advancement Western world by exploring connections that may not made in older generic histories. He keeps the reading engaging and helps the reader understand the interconnectedness of a number of disciplines in an account of (mostly) the Western world.
  • Different

    4
    By Noeulbaby
    I had to buy this book for my ap class, I'm kinda sadden that it doesn't have pictures. But this book is entirely different from what I read in my life.
  • Amazing Book

    4
    By Orange_78
    Scope of this book is amazing: it encompasses the entire world and all of human history. Yet the writing succinct and insightful. One complaint: this ebook does not contain any of the photographs or maps referred to in the book. Why?
  • Too expensive

    1
    By Alyssaj214
    I have to buy this book for school and i found it for 5$ somewhere else this should not be 15$ that is way too overpriced. It should be like 8$
  • No figures. Go figure.

    2
    By iTunes Supporter
    No reflection on the author (unless it was his decree), but there is no excuse for not including the figures of the printed edition. I'm half way through reading this work and cannot get past the insult of not including the figures every time the narrative references them. Why doesn't the publisher "do the right thing" and update/republish this work with the figures.
  • Don't go digital with this one

    4
    By Emputado_CH
    The lack of figures in this digital copy is disappointing to say the least. A lot of information will never be delivered to the reader the way the author intended. A least the seller should inform this clearly in advance for the customer to make an informed purchase. I feel assaulted in my good faith.
  • Great book

    5
    By I <3 Pi
    Very informative
  • Figures, pictures, and graphs???

    4
    By Figures?
    Loving the book, but HATING not having figures, pictures, and graphs. Please put them in or online or something.
  • Changes how you look at the world

    5
    By Ralfi08
    One of those books that may change how you look at geopolitical and historical connections.