Guns Germs & Steel. A Short History Of Everyone. Kindle Ed. Was £10.99 now 99p @ amazon
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Guns Germs & Steel. A Short History Of Everyone. Kindle Ed. Was £10.99 now 99p @ amazon

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Found 10th Oct
Author: Jared Diamond.

Kindle Daily Deal: 10th October.

Product Description:

Why has human history unfolded so differently across the globe?

In his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Jared Diamond puts the case that geography and biogeography, not race, moulded the contrasting fates of Europeans, Asians, Native Americans, sub-Saharan Africans, and aboriginal Australians.

An ambitious synthesis of history, biology, ecology and linguistics, Guns, Germs and Steel remains a ground-breaking and humane work of popular science.

‘A book of big questions, and big answers’ - Yuval Noah Harari (bestselling author of Sapiens).

Amazon Review:

Life isn’t fair—here’s why: Since 1500, Europeans have, for better and worse, called the tune that the world has danced to. In Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond explains the reasons why things worked out that way. It is an elemental question, and Diamond is certainly not the first to ask it. However, he performs a singular service by relying on scientific fact rather than specious theories of European genetic superiority. Diamond, a professor of physiology at UCLA, suggests that the geography of Eurasia was best suited to farming, the domestication of animals and the free flow of information. The more populous cultures that developed as a result had more complex forms of government and communication—and increased resistance to disease. Finally, fragmented Europe harnessed the power of competitive innovation in ways that China did not. (For example, the Europeans used the Chinese invention of gunpowder to create guns and subjugate the New World.) Diamond’s book is complex and a bit overwhelming. But the thesis he methodically puts forth—examining the “positive feedback loop” of farming, then domestication, then population density, then innovation, and on and on—makes sense. Written without bias, Guns, Germs, and Steel is good global history.

6 Comments

Thanks for the share great reviews. Worth a read for 99p

Bought, thanks.

"Life isn’t fair—here’s why: Since 1500, Europeans have, for better and worse, called the tune that the world has danced to."

LMAO, ask the British East India Company why life isn't fair?

"(For example, the Europeans used the Chinese invention of gunpowder to create guns and subjugate the New World.)"
Ask the Sassoon Family...

lookatmywadd6 h, 32 m ago

"Life isn’t fair—here’s why: Since 1500, Europeans have, for better and wor …"Life isn’t fair—here’s why: Since 1500, Europeans have, for better and worse, called the tune that the world has danced to."LMAO, ask the British East India Company why life isn't fair? "(For example, the Europeans used the Chinese invention of gunpowder to create guns and subjugate the New World.)" Ask the Sassoon Family...


I'd suggest reading the book and the reasoning he gives. I'd also wager that his well researched, reasonably technical book, which draws on several disciplines, may withstand your two paragraphs of criticism.

Great price for a very informative book. Used as reading material in some of the best development economics modules at undergraduate level. Only criticism I have is that his writing style is very dull.

Great price though. Hot.

Sad sad book, **SPOILER** the dog dies at the end!
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