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Pulitzer Prize, General Nonfiction, 1998

Guns, Germs and Steel examines the rise of civilization and the issues its development has raised throughout history.

Having done field work in New Guinea for more than 30 years, Jared Diamond presents the geographical and ecological factors that have shaped the modern world. From the viewpoint of an evolutionary biologist, he highlights the broadest movements both literal and conceptual on every continent since the Ice Age, and examines societal advances such as writing, religion, government, and technology. Diamond also dissects racial theories of global history, and the resulting work—Guns, Germs and Steel—is a major contribution to our understanding the evolution of human societies.

©1997 Jared Diamond (P)2011 Random House

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Very good book. Great to listen to, well varied

I really enjoyed this book. The research is clearly well done and well explained.
The author does not generalise, the usual examples are not there, I really learned new things.
Would recommend as a must!!

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Les jeux sont faits

Jared Diamond has some sense written a sequel to Richard Dawkins's "the selfish gene": the growth, decline and mutual usurpation of human societies are a result of repeated games where the availability of exploitable resources, be it manageable crops, animals, climates and their emergent effects like crafts, population density and diseases are the real explanatory factors. The human populations just offer the breading ground for the societies and the intelligence factor of the individual human not more than mere statistical noise.

The book is an effective counterargument for any supremacist theory by its strong arguments and multiple layers of proof. A must read for anyone who is not afraid to put his/her own intelligence into perspective.

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Awesome book narrated badly

The quality of an audiobook depends not only on the original text material, but also heavily on the narrator, and I'm sorry to say that but Dough Ordunio is a very mediocre narrator, and doesn't do the absolutely interesting and actually engaging topic any justice by giving an inarticulate performance that makes his narration hard to catch. Why so many people give this audiobook such good ratings is beyond me. Have you ever listened to Stephen Fry? Simon Shepherd? R.C. Bray, goddammit?!?

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Sehr aufschlussreich

Sprecher sehr gut. Verständlich geschrieben. Sehr lehrreich und mit vielen Beispielen ausgestattet. Interessant und empfehlenswert.

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Informative and delightful

In general an excellent book. At times a bit repetitive. What I had hoped for was also an insight into the different development of Europe and Asia after the 15th century but the two continents are grouped together as Eurasia and the issue is left unaddressed. Nevertheless I can strongly recommend the book.

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The most fundamental question in human history

A most detailed account of human history covering the real diversity of the world.

Excellent narration of an encaptivating book. Made me realize the insignificance of human ego over the forces of nature. The well researched answer to a question that shapes the real history of the world.

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Content over exitement

There are reasons why this book is on many must reads lists inl. Gates and Munger. Not the most exiting but the content is spot on and the length of the topics is just right. Prima