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Guns, Germs, and Steel : The Fates of Human Societies
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. 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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Posted November 03, 2010 by pmartin , Gloucester, MASimply put, one of the best books that I have ever read. Clearly explains the environmental factors that allowed some regions of the World to modernize and others to remain virtually unchanged over centuries. Modernization was predicated on location, location, location.
March 31, 1999
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