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The Fates of Human Societies
Diamond, Jared
W. W. Norton & Company
New York :
Human Geography
Human beings
Social evolution
Effect of environment on
Culture diffusion
Geologia historica
Anthropology - General
Anthropology - Cultural
Edition Number:
1st Norton pbk. ed.
Series Volume:
no. 56
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9.3 x 6.1 x 1.5 in 1.26 lb

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"Review" by , "Jared 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."
"Review" by , "An artful, informative and delightful book."
"Review" by , "The scope and the explanatory power of this book are astounding."
"Review" by , "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."
"Synopsis" by , Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. With a new chapter. The phenomenal bestseller; over 1.5 million copies sold; is now a major PBS special.
"Synopsis" by , 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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