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Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies (20th Anniversary Edition) - Jared Diamond

Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies (20th Anniversary Edition)

By Jared Diamond

  • Release Date: 2017-03-07
  • Genre: History
Score: 4.5
From 170 Ratings


"Fascinating.... Lays a foundation for understanding human history."—Bill Gates
In this "artful, informative, and delightful" (William H. McNeill, New York Review of Books) book, Jared Diamond convincingly argues that geographical and environmental factors shaped the modern world. Societies that had had a head start in food production advanced beyond the hunter-gatherer stage, and then developed religion --as well as nasty germs and potent weapons of war --and adventured on sea and land to conquer and decimate preliterate cultures. A major advance in our understanding of human societies, Guns, Germs, and Steel chronicles the way that the modern world came to be and stunningly dismantles racially based theories of human history. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science, the Rhone-Poulenc Prize, and the Commonwealth club of California's Gold Medal.


  • Insightful and Inspiring

    By Lance616
    Answers the question, where did we come from.
  • This is the worst book of all time

    By Jackrabbits &
    The author just goes on and on about subjects like plant and animal domestication that are very, very uninteresting. Do not read this book unless you have to!!
  • Awesome

    By Mr.CHistoryTeacher
    Gave me a better understanding of how society today came to be. Really put a great perspective to realizing that we are all equal, and because of certain terrain and just mundane way of life shaped societies as a whole.