In this “witty, informative and delicious” book (William H. McNeill, New York Review of Books), Jared Diamond argues convincingly that geographic and environmental factors shaped the modern world. Societies that had had an advantage in the production of food advanced beyond the stage of hunter-gatherers, and then developed religion – as well as unpleasant germs and powerful weapons of war – and ventured into the sea and land to conquer and decimate preliterary cultures. A breakthrough in our understanding of human societies, Guns, Germs, and Steel narrates the way in which the modern world came into being and dazzlingly dismantled the racial theories of human history. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Phi Beta Kappa Award in Sciences, the Rhone-Poulenc Prize and the Commonwealth Club of the California Gold Medal.
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