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


If you ever wanted to learn the history of every people who have ever lived anywhere on earth, but only had 500 pages worth of time to devote to the topic, Jared Diamond’s excellent book is the one you want. Diamond manages to blast through so much human history with such speed and force that you must force yourself to slow down and read carefully or by the end of the book you’ll feel like you’re was shooting through a Selway River rapid of historical knowledge.
Some folks think this work is too long and too dense and that the material would have been better presented as a series of magazine articles, but I say they reading the work the wrong way. Don’t look at this book as a long popular work, read it as an abbreviated history of the world.

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