kandi_2_u_03, April 26, 2007 (view all comments by kandi_2_u_03)
I was assigned to read chapters of this book each quarter of the school year and write a 5 paragraph essay each time. It really paid off. It helped me alot. I learned a lot of things that helped me in AP World.
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Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
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by Alfred W. Crosby, Los Angeles Times,
"Jared Diamond...is broadly erudite, writes in a style that pleasantly expresses scientific concepts in vernacular American English and deals almost exclusively in questions that should interest everyone concerned about how humanity developed. . . .Reading Diamond is like watching someone riding a unicycle, balancing an eel on his nose and juggling five squealing piglets. You may or may not agree with him (I usually do), but he rivets your attention."
by William H McNeil, The New York Review of Books,
"An artful, informative and delightful book."
by The New Yorker,
"The scope and the explanatory power of this book are astounding."
by David Brown, Washington Post Book Word,
"A fascinating and extremely important book. That its insights seem so fresh, its facts so novel and arresting, is evidence of how little Americans — and, I suspect, most well-educated citizens of the most important forces of human history."
by Hold All,
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. With a new chapter. The phenomenal bestseller; over 1.5 million copies sold; is now a major PBS special.
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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