Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, 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.
This is the unabridged version!
This is the unabridged version with all 21 chapters. It's all there.
Exhaustively researched, but....
The author makes poor distinction between his theories and fact, works from the assumption that everyone his racist except himself - and then refers to Native Americans as Indians. He also repeats himself. A lot.