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Most of us take for granted the features of our modern society, from air travel and telecommunications to literacy and obesity. Yet for nearly all of its six million years of existence, human society had none of these things. While the gulf that divides us from our primitive ancestors may seem unbridgeably wide, we can glimpse much of our former lifestyle in those largely traditional societies still or recently in existence. Societies like those of the New Guinea Highlanders remind us that it was only yesterday - in evolutionary time - when everything changed and that we moderns still possess bodies and social practices often better adapted to traditional than to modern conditions.

The World Until Yesterday provides a mesmerizing firsthand picture of the human past as it had been for millions of years - a past that has mostly vanished - and considers what the differences between that past and our present mean for our lives today.

This is Jared Diamond’s most personal book to date, as he draws extensively from his decades of field work in the Pacific islands, as well as evidence from Inuit, Amazonian Indians, Kalahari San people, and others. Diamond doesn’t romanticize traditional societies - after all, we are shocked by some of their practices - but he finds that their solutions to universal human problems such as child rearing, elder care, dispute resolution, risk, and physical fitness have much to teach us. A characteristically provocative, enlightening, and entertaining book, The World Until Yesterday will be essential and delightful listening.

©2012 Jared Diamond (P)2012 Penguin Audio

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The epilogue of "Guns,germs and steel"

In "the world until yesterday" we listen to an older very wise man reflecting on his life and the experiences he has made. It would not be fair to expect a human to write after "Guns,germs and steel" a second monument of our times and we should thus read his remaining books as an epilogue to his masterpiece. Still filled with astute observations and fine detail, but in essence reflecting on the insights that he worked out in his chef d'oeuvre: a book worthwhile its reading time and a possibility to meditate on the knowledge acquired from his first book while enjoying some new details that were forgotten in the past publications.

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Faszinierend und äußerst lehrreich.

Ich war seit langem begierig nach einem Vergleich zwischen modernen und alten Gesellschaftsformen und hier ist ein solcher von einer kenntnisreichen Universalität, wie man es sich nicht besser wünschen kann.
Nachdem ich schon viele englische Hörbücher gehört habe: für mich der beste Vorleser.

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Amazing!!

I simply loved every single sentence of this book. The narator is really good as well.
We take so many things of our society for granted and we never stop and think that most of what surrounds us was not here until recently.
This book is eye-opening!

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