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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. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Rhone-Poulenc Science Book Prize


Why has human history unfolded so differently across the globe?


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 is a ground-breaking and humane work of popular science.


‘The most absorbing account on offer of the emergence of a world divided between have and have-nots... Never before put together so coherently, with such a combination of expertise, charm and compassion’ The Times


‘A book of remarkable scope... One of the most important and readable works on the human past’ Nature


‘Fascinating, coherent, compassionate and completely accessible’ Sunday Telegraph --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • File Size : 66570 KB
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print Length : 571 pages
  • Publisher : Vintage Digital (4 July 2013)
  • ASIN : B00DQ8GDV8
  • Language: : English
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
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