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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, is a brilliant work answering the question of why the peoples of certain continents succeeded in invading other continents and conquering or displacing their peoples. This edition includes a new chapter on Japan and all-new illustrations drawn from the television series. Until around 11,000 BC, all peoples were still Stone Age hunter/gatherers. At that point, a great divide occurred in the rates that human societies evolved. In Eurasia, parts of the Americas, and Africa, farming became the prevailing mode of existence when indigenous wild plants and animals were domesticated by prehistoric planters and herders. As Jared Diamond vividly reveals, the very people who gained a head start in producing food would collide with preliterate cultures, shaping the modern world through conquest, displacement, and genocide.The paths that lead from scattered centers of food to broad bands of settlement had a great deal to do with climate and geography. But how did differences in societies arise? Why weren't native Australians, Americans, or Africans the ones to colonize Europe? Diamond dismantles pernicious racial theories tracing societal differences to biological differences. He assembles convincing evidence linking germs to domestication of animals, germs that Eurasians then spread in epidemic proportions in their voyages of discovery. In its sweep, encompasses the rise of agriculture, technology, writing, government, and religion, providing a unifying theory of human history as intriguing as the histories of dinosaurs and glaciers.

Book News Annotation:

This work was first published in 1997, and it won the Pulitzer Prize. The current edition includes a new chapter on Japan. In this historical, archaeological, and linguistic investigation, Diamond (geography, U. of California at Los Angeles) seeks the root answers to why European societies (and their American offspring) became the dominant powers on Earth in terms of wealth and power. He traces the proximate causes--the development of deadlier weapons technologies, immunity to germs, superior metal working, and writing systems--to the ultimate cause of the way food production varied in human societies and then looks at geographic variations and impediments that affected food production and the spread of technological innovation in all regions of the world.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

This work was first published in 1997, and it won the Pulitzer Prize. The current edition includes a new chapter on Japan. In this historical, archaeological, and linguistic investigation, Diamond (geography, U. of California at Los Angeles) seeks the root answers to why European societies (and their American offspring) became the dominant powers on Earth in terms of wealth and power. He traces the proximate causes--the development of deadlier weapons technologies, immunity to germs, superior metal working, and writing systems--to the ultimate cause of the way food production varied in human societies and then looks at geographic variations and impediments that affected food production and the spread of technological innovation in all regions of the world. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

With a new chapter. The phenomenal bestseller; over 1.5 million copies sold; is now a major PBS special.

Synopsis:

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize.

Synopsis:

Expanded from an article that created a stir in foreign policy circles, Five Myths About Nuclear Weapons makes an explosive case that these weapons just don't work.

Synopsis:

An explosive rethinking of the power and purpose of nuclear weapons andmdash; and a call for radical action

Nuclear weapons have always been a serious but seemingly insoluble problem: while theyandrsquo;re obviously dangerous, they are also, apparently, necessary. This groundbreaking study shows why five central arguments promoting nuclear weapons are, in essence, myths. It is a myth:

andbull; that nuclear weapons necessarily shock and awe opponents, including Japan at the end of World War II

andbull; that nuclear deterrence is reliable in a crisis

andbull; that destruction wins wars

andbull; that the bomb has kept the peace for sixty-five years

andbull; and that we canandrsquo;t put the nuclear genie back in the bottle

Drawing on new information and the latest historical research, Wilson poses a fundamental challenge to the myths on which nuclear weapons policy is currently built. Using pragmatic arguments and an unemotional, clear-eyed insistence on the truth, he arrives at a surprising conclusion: nuclear weapons are enormously dangerous, but donandrsquo;t appear to be terribly useful. In that case, he asks, why would we want to keep them?

This book will be widely read and discussed by everyone who cares about war, peace, foreign policy, and security in the twenty-first century.

About the Author

Jared Diamond is professor of geography at UCLA and author of the best-selling Collapse and The Third Chimpanzee. He is a MacArthur Fellow and was awarded the National Medal of Science.

Table of Contents

Introductionand#8195;xiii

Mythand#8201;1

NUCLEAR WEAPONS SHOCK AND AWE OPPONENTS and#8195;1

Mythand#8201;2

H-BOMB QUANTUM LEAPand#8195;33

Mythand#8201;3

NUCLEAR DETERRENCE WORKS IN A CRISISand#8195;45

Mythand#8201;4

NUCLEAR WEAPONS KEEP US SAFEand#8195;66

Mythand#8201;5

THERE IS NO ALTERNATIVEand#8195;83

Conclusionand#8195;99

Acknowledgmentsand#8195;106

Notesand#8195;110

Bibliographyand#8195;129

Indexand#8195;160

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393061314
Subtitle:
The Fates of Human Societies
Author:
Diamond, Jared
Author:
Wilson, Ward
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
History
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
Ethnology
Subject:
Human Geography
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Social evolution
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
World
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20050717
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
32 illustrations
Pages:
528
Dimensions:
9.6 x 6.7 x 1.6 in 2.01 lb

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Product details 528 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393061314 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , With a new chapter. The phenomenal bestseller; over 1.5 million copies sold; is now a major PBS special.
"Synopsis" by , Winner of the Pulitzer Prize.
"Synopsis" by ,
Expanded from an article that created a stir in foreign policy circles, Five Myths About Nuclear Weapons makes an explosive case that these weapons just don't work.
"Synopsis" by ,
An explosive rethinking of the power and purpose of nuclear weapons andmdash; and a call for radical action

Nuclear weapons have always been a serious but seemingly insoluble problem: while theyandrsquo;re obviously dangerous, they are also, apparently, necessary. This groundbreaking study shows why five central arguments promoting nuclear weapons are, in essence, myths. It is a myth:

andbull; that nuclear weapons necessarily shock and awe opponents, including Japan at the end of World War II

andbull; that nuclear deterrence is reliable in a crisis

andbull; that destruction wins wars

andbull; that the bomb has kept the peace for sixty-five years

andbull; and that we canandrsquo;t put the nuclear genie back in the bottle

Drawing on new information and the latest historical research, Wilson poses a fundamental challenge to the myths on which nuclear weapons policy is currently built. Using pragmatic arguments and an unemotional, clear-eyed insistence on the truth, he arrives at a surprising conclusion: nuclear weapons are enormously dangerous, but donandrsquo;t appear to be terribly useful. In that case, he asks, why would we want to keep them?

This book will be widely read and discussed by everyone who cares about war, peace, foreign policy, and security in the twenty-first century.

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