Guns, Germs and Steel (2020)

Guns, Germs and Steel Jared Diamond Guns Germs and Steel Diamond has written a book of remarkable scope one of the most important and readable works on the human past published in recent years Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and a national bestseller the globa
  • Title: Guns, Germs and Steel
  • Author: Jared Diamond
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Guns, Germs and Steel Jared Diamond Diamond has written a book of remarkable scope one of the most important and readable works on the human past published in recent years Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and a national bestseller the global account of the rise of civilization that is also a stunning refutation of ideas of human development based on race.In this artful, informative, and delightful Wi Diamond has written a book of remarkable scope one of the most important and readable works on the human past published in recent years Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and a national bestseller the global account of the rise of civilization that is also a stunning refutation of ideas of human development based on race.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 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.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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  1. Molly

    This is what happens when you take an intelligent person, and casually make a few mentions of a field of study they have no knowledge of.Mr Diamond, NOT an anthropologist, takes Marvin Harris theory of cultural materialism and uses it to explain everything in life, history, and the current state of the world.Materialism is a way of looking at human culture which, for lack of a better way to explain it easily here, says that people s material needs and goods determine behavior and culture For ins [...]

  2. Will Byrnes

    Why you white men have so much cargo i.e steel tools and other products of civilization and we New Guineans have so little Jared Diamond is a biologist, who had a passion for studying birds, particularly the birds of New Guinea But as he came to know and appreciate the many native people he met in his work, the question asked by a New Guinean named Yani remained with him Why was it that westerners had so much relative to New Guinean natives, who had been living on that land for forty thousand ye [...]

  3. Mike

    Author Jared Diamond s two part thesis is 1 the most important theme in human history is that of civilizations beating the crap out of each other, 2 the reason the beat ors were Europeans and the beat ees the Aboriginees, Mayans, et al is because of the geographical features of where each civilization happened to develop Whether societies developed gunpowder, written language, and other technological niceties, argues Diamond, is completely a function of whether they emerged amidst travel and tra [...]

  4. Manny

    I liked this book, and it taught me a bunch of things I hadn t known before I read it Jared Diamond has clearly had a interesting life than most of us, and spent significant amounts of time in a wide variety of different kinds of society, all over the world He says he got the basic idea from a conversation he had back in the 70s with a friend in New Guinea His friend, who later became a leader in the independence movement, wanted to talk about cargo manufactured goods, technology Why is it, he [...]

  5. Michael Finocchiaro

    It took me a while to complete Diamond s book and admittedly I also distracted myself with a few Roth novels in the meantime because of the density of the text and the variety of ideas presented The central thesis that it is not racial biology that determines the victors in history but rather a complex combination of agriculture, geography, population density, and continental orientation is a fascinating and compelling one The style is not academic and did admittedly put me off by using sentence [...]

  6. Nate

    This may be the most over rated book in the history of book rating The point he is making is that we in Western Civilazation haven t built skyscrapers, made moon landings, mass produced automobiles, eradicated polio or for that matter lived indoors with running water while aborigines in certain remote outposts still hunt and gather in isolated tribes because we are inherently any smarter or industrious than those individuals Of course he is mostly right, but why in the 21st century is this cons [...]

  7. Jason Koivu

    Misleading The actual title should be Germs, More Germs and a bit about Steel And Guns, but not very much on those last two reallyI mean, we want to put Guns first because it s attention grabbing than Germs, but let s face it, this book is mostly about Germs Why has no publishing house knocked down my door trying to obtain my book titling services yet

  8. Joshua Parkinson

    In 1532, Francisco Pizarro and a band of 168 Spaniards punctured the heart of the Inca Empire and proceeded to capture its emperor, decimate its citizens, and plunder its gold Why didn t it happen the other way around Why didn t the Incas sail to Europe, capture Charles V, kill his subjects, and loot his castles and cathedrals Jared Diamond attempts to answer this question in Guns, Germs Steel Why have Europeans tended to dominate other peoples on other continents Does it have something to do wi [...]

  9. Riku Sayuj

    Jared sticks to the basic premise and plugs every hole in his argument so well to construct a magnificent explanation of the evolution of societies What makes the book particularly good is the intimate hands on experience that Jared has on the wide variety of fields required to attempt a book like this The last four or five chapters start to get very repetitive, but except for that Diamond has taken a stunningly large scale view of history that keeps you enthralled throughout the 13,000 years we [...]

  10. Jim

    The PuristI give you now Professor Twist,A conscientious scientist,Trustees exclaimed, He never bungles And sent him off to distant jungles.Camped on a tropic riverside,One day he missed his loving bride.She had, the guide informed him later,Been eaten by an alligator.Professor Twist could not but smile You mean, he said, a crocodile That bit of Ogden Nash whimsy came into my head as I thought about Jared Diamond s Guns, Germs, and Steel, a reflection on human history through the lens of evoluti [...]

  11. Carol.

    Stopped on page 88 for the time being, because, man, do people ever suck We historically sucked But since humans used to invade other humans territory and do a lot of killing, at least things have changed now.Oh, wait.

  12. Siria

    Terrible This is one of those books which seems at face value as if it has an interesting and persuasive thesis, and indeed there are a couple of reasonable points in here, but by and large Guns, Germs, and Steel is a poorly written book, shoddily argued and riddled with factual errors Jared Diamond s thesis is that the differences which one can observe in technological and economic development around the world do not result from racial differences but rather from geographical ones the variety a [...]

  13. Darwin8u

    In short, Europe s colonization of Africa had nothing to do with differences between European and African peoples themselves, as white racists assume Rather, it was due to accidents of geography and biogeography in particular, to the continents different areas, axes, and suites of wild plant and animal species That is, the different historical trajectories of Africa and Europe stem ultimately from differences in real estate Jared Diamond, Guns, Germs, and SteelThis is one of those books that onc [...]

  14. Saleh MoonWalker

    Onvan Guns, Germs, and Steel The Fates of Human Societies Nevisande Jared Diamond ISBN 739467352 ISBN13 9780739467350 Dar 425 Safhe Saal e Chap 1997

  15. WarpDrive

    This is a thought provoking, deeply interesting, controversial book investigating the reasons behind the bafflingly different rate of development of human societies in different parts of the world The main thesis of the author is that geographic aspects represent the overwhelming ultimate set of causal factors, and they played out mostly at the very beginning of societal development, mainly in prehistoric times The author uses very broad brush strokes to develop his main themes, both in geograph [...]

  16. Nandakishore Varma

    What a terrific book One sentence review Human history is a function of geography Detailed review to follow

  17. Jokoloyo

    My first intention reading this book is not to seek knowledge in the real world, but to understand about the setting world making of fantasy fiction and science fiction But this book gave me so much than that, it gave me answers or some revelations about some of my personal thinking all these years.I cannot comment much about the contents, there are a lot of reviews that describe the contents well.Some interesting points on this book for me 1 In my opinion, this book has pristine description t [...]

  18. Trevor

    Without overdoing the pun, everything by Diamond shines and shines This is his greatest work Occasionally in life you can feel a book shifting the way you see the world, shifting what you thought you knew about the world There is a documentary made around this book, but read the book trust me.

  19. Alex Telander

    GUNS, GERMS, AND STEEL THE FATES OF HUMAN SOCIETIES BY JARED DIAMOND This is one of those books that takes you a while to read it s pretty heavy non fiction and yet at the end of it, you feel like Hippocrates, a Muslim scientist, or Leonardo Da Vinci must have felt at the realization of a great discovery The Eureka moment This book is kind of like the movie Hotel Rwanda the movie was life altering for me, and just made every other movie that came out that year seem tawdry and unimportant it was [...]

  20. Elizabeth King

    Germ Guns SteelIt is a thesis,His thesis being that all animals are created equal but not all animals sleep in a bed with sheets.Why Because in addition to needing tree for wood to make looms, herders to shear sheep weavers to make sheets, you also need DHU SHEEP.Yep, if you are unlucky enough to be born on a continent or onto part of a continent with only anteaters, there is no fucking way you are going to get sheets, no matter how smart you are.All well and good but not so very readableWe all [...]

  21. Rhiannon

    I have this awesome picture in my head in which Jared Diamond did not write this book He instead wrote a detailed, engaging account of the history of plant and animal domestication But Rhiannon, you might say, doesn t that remove his entire thesis, that geography determined just about everything about the course of human civilization And, I would respond yes, it does And, isn t that kind of removing the whole book No, I counter It just removes the douche y social Darwinist parts Plus, if he were [...]

  22. Richard Derus

    Rating 3.5 of five, rounded up because the PBS adaptation was better than I had expected it to beI read this in the 1990s and was blown away by the fact that environmental determinism was back in the forefront of the have vs have not debate Well told tale Persuasive, goodness knows Maybe even partially correct, who knows, since we re facing the consequences of climate change on our civilization and they aren t good They re only going to get worse, too So who do we look to for models of how to ch [...]

  23. Deborah

    Having read Charles C Mann s 1491 immediately before Guns, Germs, and Steel, I was all too aware of the dated nature of many of Diamond s assumptions about the New World And therefore I would highly recommend 1491 to anyone interested in learning about the latest and greatest developments in knowledge concerning the early history of the Americas This seed of doubt concerning the accuracy of Diamond s assumptions about the Americas prevented me from fully appreciating what he had to say about the [...]

  24. Radhika

    I give this book 4 stars because it has some very interesting ideas that provoke thought and inquiry It also offers plausible explanations that often ring true I don t give it 5 stars because it suffers from certain drawbacks.I love his analysis and interpretation of causes that show why civilization arose variously in diverse and distinct locations of the planet I love how his causes make sense His rejection of race based politics is quite clear I like how his explanations lead us to reexamine [...]

  25. Jim

    THIS BOOK ATTEMPTS TO PROVIDE A SHORT HISTORY OF EVERYbody for the last 13,000 years The question motivating the book is Why did history unfold differently on different continents Diamond immediately takes great pains to shoot down any ideas of one race being intelligent than another Yes, some thought so, but they ve been refuted for long enough that I thought he belabored the point This section does introduce us to his method of argument which is to set up straw men knock them down I don t car [...]

  26. Daniel Bastian

    History followed different courses for different peoples because of differences among peoples environments, not because of biological differences among peoples themselves What do Christopher Columbus, Vasco da Gama and Francisco Pizarro have in common Apart from their status as European countrymen, it was the fortuitous confluence of guns, microbes and steel technology which all but ensured their success at colonizing regions occupied by peoples who lacked such historical fulcrums It should be u [...]

  27. Cody VC

    I will say this he makes some interesting points about geographical and geological determinism and the potential validity thereof Everything else, however, is basically shit The Pulitzer this book got must have been the world s biggest and most expensive A for effort.Diamond writes in his introduction that a multi discipline effort would be doomed from the outset, because the essence of the problem is to develop a unified synthesis That consideration dictates single authorship, despite all the d [...]

  28. Curtis Abbott

    Before buying and reading this book, I read some reviews, and frankly, they didn t inspire me They talked about it being a history of the world, they talked about its immense, ambitious scope Such talk causes my crap detectors to tingle I did finally buy it after reading a laudatory review by someone I respect And I m glad I did, because I found it to be absolutely top notch The phrase history of the world misguides because the book is entirely about pre history The story it tells is historical [...]

  29. Arun Divakar

    The first impression that history gave me was of a never ending series of dates and occurences which needless to say is an extremely boring way to learn The whole perspective of history changed for me when I began viewing this like I do soil Multiple layers all held together by a common force, some of them interleaving and some totally independent with each layer telling a story of its own At one point of time, the layer of top soil thinks of itself as invincible but with changing circumstances [...]

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