Guns, Germs, and Steel : The Fates of Human Societies

Guns, Germs, and Steel : The Fates of Human Societies

Description

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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Details

Author(s)
Jared Diamond
Format
Paperback | 496 pages
Dimensions
155 x 236 x 38mm | 590g
Publication date
17 Apr 1999
Publisher
WW Norton & Co
Publication City/Country
New York, United States
Language
English
Edition Statement
New ed
Illustrations note
illustrations, maps
ISBN10
0393317552
ISBN13
9780393317558
Bestsellers rank
5,769