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Not A Casual Read..!!
Reviewed in India on 23 February 2017
Jared Diamond takes a giant leap back into history, to take us forward, through a lot of things, most of which I was unaware, until now. It is interesting, somewhat controversial and there are a lot of generalizations, some of which are questionable even. Though I wish there was more focus on Asian history/societies, one thing that amazed me is the amount of proof the author has sighted, that too from various disciplines, to prove his point. And to use these evidences to make a grand theory, or form an original idea/opinion is no joke. In that way, it is a well researched and often well defended book.
Hence, it is path breaking, inspiring, there is a lot of detail (and yes, of course, some speculation) and will be a great experience for someone ready to invest his/her time to understand human societies.
P.S. There is a documentary, based on this book, by National Geographic, which is quite gripping.