Guns, Germs, & Steel

Guns, Germs, & Steel

[the Fates of Human Societies]

Audiobook CD - 2001
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Publisher: St. Paul, Minn. : HighBridge Co., [2001], c1997
ISBN: 9781565115149
Branch Call Number: SCD 303.4 Diamond
Characteristics: 5 sound discs (6 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Gardner, Grover


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Mar 11, 2017

The Version I received was the Abridged Version. Is there a way to designate this for future checkouts for others?

Jan 07, 2011

I like books that make me feel smarter after having read them, or in this case, listened to them. While incredibly dry is some sections, there are a lot of interesting facts here on human development and population trends.


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May 16, 2016

Diamond, an evolutionary biologist, explores human history from the Stone Age hunter-gatherers to today's complex societies. His thesis focuses on environmental factors as the major influences on a society's development as opposed to the many racially-based theories of human history. He maintains that today's "less developed" societies are actually composed of smarter individuals because they have to grapple with daily life at a survival level. This book explores how the Eurasian content was the major winner because of its east-west orientation and width that allowed knowledge to pass more porously through different societies. North and South America, as well as Australia, had different challenges because of their north-south orientation and geographical features. Diamond also had some interesting comments on how today's food supply is based on 7 plants and 5 mammals that were domesticated thousands of years ago.


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