Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
Author: Jared Diamond
Publsiher: W. W. Norton & Company
Total Pages: 528
Release: 1999-04-17
ISBN 10: 9780393069228
ISBN 13: 0393069222
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies Book Review:

"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.

Guns, Germs and Steel

Guns, Germs and Steel
Author: Jared M. Diamond
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 480
Release: 1998
ISBN 10: 0099302780
ISBN 13: 9780099302780
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Guns, Germs and Steel Book Review:

This book answers the most obvious, the most important, yet the most difficult question about human history: why history unfolded so differently on different continents. Geography and biography, not race, moulded the contrasting fates of Europeans, Asians

Guns, Germs and Steel

Guns, Germs and Steel
Author: Diamond, Jared
Publsiher: J S
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2010-06-03
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Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


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Guns, Germs, and Steel

Guns, Germs, and Steel
Author: Zara Hakan
Publsiher: dgfhj
Total Pages: 329
Release: 1999-04-09
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Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


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Upheaval

Upheaval
Author: Jared Diamond
Publsiher: Little, Brown
Total Pages: 512
Release: 2019-05-07
ISBN 10: 0316409154
ISBN 13: 9780316409155
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Upheaval Book Review:

A "riveting and illuminating" Bill Gates Summer Reading pick about how and why some nations recover from trauma and others don't (Yuval Noah Harari), by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the landmark bestseller Guns, Germs, and Steel. In his international bestsellers Guns, Germs and Steel and Collapse, Jared Diamond transformed our understanding of what makes civilizations rise and fall. Now, in his third book in this monumental trilogy, he reveals how successful nations recover from crises while adopting selective changes -- a coping mechanism more commonly associated with individuals recovering from personal crises. Diamond compares how six countries have survived recent upheavals -- ranging from the forced opening of Japan by U.S. Commodore Perry's fleet, to the Soviet Union's attack on Finland, to a murderous coup or countercoup in Chile and Indonesia, to the transformations of Germany and Austria after World War Two. Because Diamond has lived and spoken the language in five of these six countries, he can present gut-wrenching histories experienced firsthand. These nations coped, to varying degrees, through mechanisms such as acknowledgment of responsibility, painfully honest self-appraisal, and learning from models of other nations. Looking to the future, Diamond examines whether the United States, Japan, and the whole world are successfully coping with the grave crises they currently face. Can we learn from lessons of the past? Adding a psychological dimension to the in-depth history, geography, biology, and anthropology that mark all of Diamond's books, Upheaval reveals factors influencing how both whole nations and individual people can respond to big challenges. The result is a book epic in scope, but also his most personal yet.

The World Until Yesterday

The World Until Yesterday
Author: Jared Diamond
Publsiher: Penguin UK
Total Pages: 512
Release: 2013-01-10
ISBN 10: 1846148154
ISBN 13: 9781846148156
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


The World Until Yesterday Book Review:

From the author of No.1 international bestseller Collapse, a mesmerizing portrait of the human past that offers profound lessons for how we can live today Visionary, prize-winning author Jared Diamond changed the way we think about the rise and fall of human civilizations with his previous international bestsellers Guns, Germs and Steel and Collapse. Now he returns with another epic - and groundbreaking - journey into our rapidly receding past. In The World Until Yesterday, Diamond reveals how traditional societies around the world offer an extraordinary window onto how our ancestors lived for the majority of human history - until virtually yesterday, in evolutionary terms - and provide unique, often overlooked insights into human nature. Drawing extensively on his decades working in the jungles of Papua New Guinea, Diamond explores how tribal societies approach essential human problems, from childrearing to conflict resolution to health, and discovers we have much to learn from traditional ways of life. He unearths remarkable findings - from the reason why modern afflictions like diabetes, obesity and Alzheimer's are virtually non-existent in tribal societies to the surprising benefits of multilingualism. Panoramic in scope and thrillingly original, The World Until Yesterday provides an enthralling first-hand picture of the human past that also suggests profound lessons for how to live well today. Jared Diamond is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the seminal million-copy-bestseller Guns, Germs, and Steel, which was named one of TIME's best non-fiction books of all time, and Collapse, a #1 international bestseller. A professor of geography at UCLA and noted polymath, Diamond's work has been influential in the fields of anthropology, biology, ornithology, ecology and history, among others.

Guns, germs, and steel: the fates of human societies

Guns, germs, and steel: the fates of human societies
Author: Jared M. Diamond
Publsiher: Orion Press Inc.
Total Pages: 518
Release: 2005
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Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Guns, germs, and steel: the fates of human societies Book Review:

SUMMARY: With a new chapter. The phenomenal bestseller-over 1.5 million copies sold-is now a major PBS special. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Guns, Germs, and Steel is a brilliant work answering the question of why the peoples of certain continents succeeded in invading other continents and conquering or displacing their peoples. This edition includes a new chapter on Japan and all-new illustrations drawn from the television series. Until around 11,000 BC, all peoples were still Stone Age hunter/gatherers. At that point, a great divide occurred in the rates that human societies evolved. In Eurasia, parts of the Americas, and Africa, farming became the prevailing mode of existence when indigenous wild plants and animals were domesticated by prehistoric planters and herders. As Jared Diamond vividly reveals, the very people who gained a head start in producing food would collide with preliterate cultures, shaping the modern world through conquest, displacement, and genocide. The paths that lead from scattered centers of food to broad bands of settlement had a great deal to do with climate and geography. But how did differences in societies arise? Why weren't native Australians, Americans, or Africans the ones to colonize Europe? Diamond dismantles pernicious racial theories tracing societal differences to biological differences. He assembles convincing evidence linking germs to domestication of animals, germs that Eurasians then spread in epidemic proportions in their voyages of discovery. In its sweep, Guns, Germs and Steel encompasses the rise of agriculture, technology, writing, government, and religion, providing a unifying theory of human history as intriguing as the histories of dinosaurs and glaciers. 32 illustrations.

Guns, Germs, and Steel

Guns, Germs, and Steel
Author: Jared M. Diamond
Publsiher: Spark Publishing Group
Total Pages: 64
Release: 2003
ISBN 10: 9781586638634
ISBN 13: 1586638637
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Guns, Germs, and Steel Book Review:

Scholar and professor Jared Diamond made a huge splash with this fascinating but controversial book, which argues that geography and environment have almost singlehandedly determined the course of human history. Dig deeper into his contentions with the information inside this invaluable reader's handbook: Why did Europe colonize Africa and Asia rather than the other way around? Why is geography the most important factor in human history? How has the rest of the scientific community received Diamond's theory?

Guns, Germs and Steel

Guns, Germs and Steel
Author: Jared Mason, Diamond
Publsiher:
Total Pages: 480
Release: 1997
ISBN 10: 9780224038096
ISBN 13: 0224038095
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


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Collapse

Collapse
Author: Jared Diamond
Publsiher: Penguin UK
Total Pages: 608
Release: 2013-03-21
ISBN 10: 0141976969
ISBN 13: 9780141976969
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Collapse Book Review:

From the author of Guns, Germs and Steel, Jared Diamond's Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive is a visionary study of the mysterious downfall of past civilizations. Now in a revised edition with a new afterword, Jared Diamond's Collapse uncovers the secret behind why some societies flourish, while others founder - and what this means for our future. What happened to the people who made the forlorn long-abandoned statues of Easter Island? What happened to the architects of the crumbling Maya pyramids? Will we go the same way, our skyscrapers one day standing derelict and overgrown like the temples at Angkor Wat? Bringing together new evidence from a startling range of sources and piecing together the myriad influences, from climate to culture, that make societies self-destruct, Jared Diamond's Collapse also shows how - unlike our ancestors - we can benefit from our knowledge of the past and learn to be survivors. 'A grand sweep from a master storyteller of the human race' - Daily Mail 'Riveting, superb, terrifying' - Observer 'Gripping ... the book fulfils its huge ambition, and Diamond is the only man who could have written it' - Economis 'This book shines like all Diamond's work' - Sunday Times

Guns, Germs and Steel

Guns, Germs and Steel
Author: N.A
Publsiher:
Total Pages: 329
Release:
ISBN 10: 9781467632959
ISBN 13: 1467632953
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


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Guns, Germs and Steel - Out of Eden (film) Running Time: 00:54:33 SKU PV000493.

Guns, Germs & Steel

Guns, Germs & Steel
Author: Riley Quinn
Publsiher: CRC Press
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2017-07-05
ISBN 10: 1351350501
ISBN 13: 9781351350501
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Guns, Germs & Steel Book Review:

In his 1997 work Guns, Germs and Steel, Jared Diamond marshals evidence from five continents and across 13,000 years of human history in an attempt to answer the question of why that history unfolded so differently in various parts of the globe. His results offer new explanations for why the unequal divisions of power and wealth so familiar to us today came into existence - and have persisted. Balancing materials drawn from a vast range of sources, addressing core problems that have fascinated historians, anthropologists, biologists and geographers alike - and blending his analysis to create a compelling narrative that became an international best-seller and reached a broad general market - required a mastery of the critical thinking skill of reasoning that few other scholars can rival. Diamond's reasoning skills allow him to persuade his readers of the value of his interdisciplinary approach and produce well-structured arguments that keep them turning pages even as he refocuses his analysis from one disparate example to another. Diamond adds to that a spectacular ability to grasp the meaning of the available evidence produced by scholars in those widely different disciplines - making Guns, Germs and Steel equally valuable as an exercise in high-level interpretation.

Eight Eurocentric Historians

Eight Eurocentric Historians
Author: James Morris Blaut
Publsiher: Guilford Press
Total Pages: 228
Release: 2000-08-10
ISBN 10: 9781572305915
ISBN 13: 1572305916
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Eight Eurocentric Historians Book Review:

This text examines and critiques the work of a diverse group of Eurocentric historians who have strongly shaped our understanding of world history. It provides invaluable insights and tools for readers across a range of disciplines.

Adventures in the Anthropocene

Adventures in the Anthropocene
Author: Gaia Vince
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 448
Release: 2014-07-03
ISBN 10: 1448128021
ISBN 13: 9781448128020
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Adventures in the Anthropocene Book Review:

** Winner of Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 2015 ** We live in epoch-making times. The changes we humans have made in recent decades have altered our world beyond anything it has experienced in its 4.6 billion-year history. As a result, our planet is said to be crossing into the Anthropocene – the Age of Humans. Gaia Vince decided to travel the world at the start of this new age to see what life is really like for the people on the frontline of the planet we’ve made. From artificial glaciers in the Himalayas to painted mountains in Peru, electrified reefs in the Maldives to garbage islands in the Caribbean, Gaia found people doing the most extraordinary things to solve the problems that we ourselves have created. These stories show what the Anthropocene means for all of us – and they illuminate how we might engineer Earth for our future.

Natural Experiments of History

Natural Experiments of History
Author: Jared Diamond
Publsiher: Harvard University Press
Total Pages: 286
Release: 2012-11-01
ISBN 10: 0674076729
ISBN 13: 9780674076723
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Natural Experiments of History Book Review:

In eight case studies by leading scholars in history, archaeology, business, economics, geography, and political science, the authors showcase the “natural experiment” or “comparative method”—well-known in any science concerned with the past—on the discipline of human history. That means, according to the editors, “comparing, preferably quantitatively and aided by statistical analyses, different systems that are similar in many respects, but that differ with respect to the factors whose influence one wishes to study.” The case studies in the book support two overall conclusions about the study of human history: First, historical comparisons have the potential for yielding insights that cannot be extracted from a single case study alone. Second, insofar as is possible, when one proposes a conclusion, one may be able to strengthen one’s conclusion by gathering quantitative evidence (or at least ranking one’s outcomes from big to small), and then by testing the conclusion’s validity statistically.

Why Is Sex Fun?

Why Is Sex Fun?
Author: Jared Diamond
Publsiher: Basic Books
Total Pages: 300
Release: 1998-09-25
ISBN 10: 0465013074
ISBN 13: 9780465013074
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Why Is Sex Fun? Book Review:

To us humans the sex lives of many animals seem weird. In fact, by comparison with all the other animals, we are the ones with the weird sex lives. How did that come to be?Just count our bizarre ways. We are the only social species to insist on carrying out sex privately. Stranger yet, we have sex at any time, even when the female can't be fertilized (for example, because she is already pregnant, post-menopausal, or between fertile cycles). A human female doesn't know her precise time of fertility and certainly doesn't advertise it to human males by the striking color changes, smells, and sounds used by other female mammals.Why do we differ so radically in these and other important aspects of our sexuality from our closest ancestor, the apes? Why does the human female, virtually alone among mammals go through menopause? Why does the human male stand out as one of the few mammals to stay (often or usually) with the female he impregnates, to help raise the children that he sired? Why is the human penis so unnecessarily large?There is no one better qualified than Jared Diamond—renowned expert in the fields of physiology and evolutionary biology and award-winning author—to explain the evolutionary forces that operated on our ancestors to make us sexually different. With wit and a wealth of fascinating examples, he explains how our sexuality has been as crucial as our large brains and upright posture in our rise to human status.

Atomic Habits

Atomic Habits
Author: James Clear
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2018-10-16
ISBN 10: 0735211302
ISBN 13: 9780735211308
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Atomic Habits Book Review:

The #1 New York Times bestseller. Over 1 million copies sold! Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results No matter your goals, Atomic Habits offers a proven framework for improving--every day. James Clear, one of the world's leading experts on habit formation, reveals practical strategies that will teach you exactly how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviors that lead to remarkable results. If you're having trouble changing your habits, the problem isn't you. The problem is your system. Bad habits repeat themselves again and again not because you don't want to change, but because you have the wrong system for change. You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems. Here, you'll get a proven system that can take you to new heights. Clear is known for his ability to distill complex topics into simple behaviors that can be easily applied to daily life and work. Here, he draws on the most proven ideas from biology, psychology, and neuroscience to create an easy-to-understand guide for making good habits inevitable and bad habits impossible. Along the way, readers will be inspired and entertained with true stories from Olympic gold medalists, award-winning artists, business leaders, life-saving physicians, and star comedians who have used the science of small habits to master their craft and vault to the top of their field. Learn how to: • make time for new habits (even when life gets crazy); • overcome a lack of motivation and willpower; • design your environment to make success easier; • get back on track when you fall off course; ...and much more. Atomic Habits will reshape the way you think about progress and success, and give you the tools and strategies you need to transform your habits--whether you are a team looking to win a championship, an organization hoping to redefine an industry, or simply an individual who wishes to quit smoking, lose weight, reduce stress, or achieve any other goal.

Critical Summary of Guns, Germs, and Steel - The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond

Critical Summary of Guns, Germs, and Steel - The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond
Author: Dennis Bergot
Publsiher: GRIN Verlag
Total Pages: 16
Release: 2004-02-17
ISBN 10: 3638254704
ISBN 13: 9783638254700
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Critical Summary of Guns, Germs, and Steel - The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond Book Review:

Seminar paper from the year 2004 in the subject Economy - Environment economics, grade: 1,0 (A), University of Hamburg (Centre for Sea and Climate Research), course: Seminar Contemporary Environmental Problems, 4 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: The starting point of Diamond’s book “Guns, Germs, And Steel” is a question he was asked by an indigenious New Guinean friend of his called Yali. His question was: “Why is it that you white people developed so much cargo and brought it to New Guinea, but we black people had little cargo of our own?”1, adressing the obvious inequality in wealth and power of today’s world. With his book, Diamond tries to provide an answer for this question. According to Diamond, the immediate causes for the inequalities in the world today are to be found in the different stages of development between the continents as of around A.D. 1500. By that time, only societies of Eurasia, the landmass that constitutes Asia and Europe, and there especially the Western Europeans, possessed ocean-going ships, population-decimating germs, steel weapons, horses usable for warefare, easy spread of information by an efficient writing system and many other means that come in handy decimating, subjugating or in some cases even exterminating the originial inhabitants of other continents. Diamond calls these advantages the proximate factors of differing developments that led to the inequalities. The book’s title “Guns, Germs, And Steel” can be understood as a summary of these proximate causes. In chapter three of his book, Diamond cites as a prominent example of the inequalities the conquest by the Spaniard Francisco Pizarro and a few hundred soldiers over the Inca emperor Atahuallpa at Cajamarca/Peru in A.D. 1532. The Spanish got there and won because they possessed the above stated proximate factors. He then turns the point around and asks why, for instance, the Native Americans or Aboriginal Australians were not the ones who possessed these proximate factors and used them to conquer Europe. [...]

Rainbow Six

Rainbow Six
Author: Tom Clancy
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 897
Release: 1999
ISBN 10: 9780425170342
ISBN 13: 0425170349
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Rainbow Six Book Review:

In a novel of military intrigue, formidable ex-Navy SEAL John Clark takes on a world-threatening band of terrorists

The End of the Myth

The End of the Myth
Author: Greg Grandin
Publsiher: Metropolitan Books
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2019-03-05
ISBN 10: 1250179815
ISBN 13: 9781250179814
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


The End of the Myth Book Review:

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE A new and eye-opening interpretation of the meaning of the frontier, from early westward expansion to Trump’s border wall. Ever since this nation’s inception, the idea of an open and ever-expanding frontier has been central to American identity. Symbolizing a future of endless promise, it was the foundation of the United States’ belief in itself as an exceptional nation – democratic, individualistic, forward-looking. Today, though, America hasa new symbol: the border wall. In The End of the Myth, acclaimed historian Greg Grandin explores the meaning of the frontier throughout the full sweep of U.S. history – from the American Revolution to the War of 1898, the New Deal to the election of 2016. For centuries, he shows, America’s constant expansion – fighting wars and opening markets – served as a “gate of escape,” helping to deflect domestic political and economic conflicts outward. But this deflection meant that the country’s problems, from racism to inequality, were never confronted directly. And now, the combined catastrophe of the 2008 financial meltdown and our unwinnable wars in the Middle East have slammed this gate shut, bringing political passions that had long been directed elsewhere back home. It is this new reality, Grandin says, that explains the rise of reactionary populism and racist nationalism, the extreme anger and polarization that catapulted Trump to the presidency. The border wall may or may not be built, but it will survive as a rallying point, an allegorical tombstone marking the end of American exceptionalism.