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

by W. W. Norton & Company


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  • Explaining what William McNeill called The Rise of the West has become the central problem in the study of global
    history. In Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond presents the biologist's answer: geography, demography, and ecological
    happenstance. Diamond evenhandedly reviews human history on every continent since the Ice Age at a rate that emphasizes
    only the broadest movements of peoples and ideas. Yet his survey is binocular: one eye has the rather distant vision of
    the evolutionary biologist, while the other eye--and his heart--belongs to the people of New Guinea, where he has done
    field work for more than 30 years.

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