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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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    Often interesting. Always narcissistic!

    Overall the book has great information and interesting perspectives, but often very dry academic reading. It would be about 30% shorter (and better for it) if Diamond didn't spend so many pages telling us how smart he is and how he's the only person smart enough to make these brilliant observations. The narcissism get a bit tedious.

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    Guns Germs and Steel

    You have to take the time to think about what the author is covering.

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