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Guns, Germs and Steel : The Fates of Human Societies

Guns, Germs and Steel : The Fates of Human Societies - 97 edition

ISBN13: 978-0393317558

Cover of Guns, Germs and Steel : The Fates of Human Societies 97 (ISBN 978-0393317558)
ISBN13: 978-0393317558
ISBN10: 0393317552
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 97
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co.
Published: 1997
International: No

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Guns, Germs and Steel : The Fates of Human Societies - 97 edition

ISBN13: 978-0393317558

Jared Diamond

ISBN13: 978-0393317558
ISBN10: 0393317552
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 97
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co.

Published: 1997
International: No
Summary

In this "artful, informative, and delightful" book, Jared Diamond convincingly argues that geographical and environmental factors shaped the modern world. Societies that had a head start in food production advanced beyond the hunter-gatherer stage, and then developed writing, technology, government, and organized 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.

"A fascinating and extremely important book. That its insights seem so fresh, its facts so novel and arresting, is evidence of how little Americans-and, I suspect, most well-educated citizens of the Western world-know of the most important forces of human history." --David Brown, Washington Post Book World