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Guns, Germs, and Steel : The Fates of Human Societies
by Jared Diamond

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"A great work for anyone who wants a better understanding of world politics past and present. Debunks social Darwinist explanations of Western dominance, showing convincingly other factors which play into the subjugation of some cultures by others." -- Nick Swartsell, Books-A-Million, Christiansburg, VA

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Overview
What We're Reading Now

"A great work for anyone who wants a better understanding of world politics past and present. Debunks social Darwinist explanations of Western dominance, showing convincingly other factors which play into the subjugation of some cultures by others." -- Nick Swartsell, Books-A-Million, Christiansburg, VA

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.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780393317558
  • ISBN-10: 0393317552
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • Publish Date: April 1999
  • Page Count: 496


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