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Guns, Germs and Steel

The Fate of Human Societies
Autor: Jared Diamond
Sprecher: Doug Ordunio
Spieldauer: 16 Std. und 20 Min.
Kategorien: English - History, World
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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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Les jeux sont faits

Jared Diamond has in 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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Sprecher geht gar nicht

Einschläfernder Sprecher mit einem furchtbaren Akzent. What oder Who wird konsequent "Chhhhhhwat" und "chhhhhhhwo" ausgesprochen - furchtbar.

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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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A great reading of:

The work of a great man, arguing for the insignificance of the works of great men :)

At least in a broad historical context..

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Essential

For someone who only had public school history education, like me, this is an essential work. I think it can be listed along with The Selfish Gene as a "must read" or, in case of Audible, "must listen," for those aiming to understand history's broad pattern.

While there is some redundancy between parts, I think this is useful, given the high density of information that details the justification of the overarching reasoning.

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Its a doozy

It's an interesting book with several fascinating insights, topics, and theories. It can be a bit dry and does require the reader to be kind of informed, but overall it's put it realitivly simple terms. I recommend this book to anyone looking to better understand human history. It's a nerdy kind of fun, loved it!!

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Ein grundlegendes Werk

Viele Erkenntnisse, gut erzählt. In der Hörbuch Version stören ab&an die geballten Datenreihen, da hätte man kürzen können (merkt sich eh niemand ;-). Sonst für historisch-soziologisch Interessierte quasi Pflichtlektüre

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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.