Guns, Germs and Steel

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Explaining what William McNeill called The Rise of the West has become the central problem in the study of global history. In Guns, Germs and Steel Jared Diamond presents the biologist's answer: geography, demography and ecological happenstance. Diamond evenhandedly reviews human history on every continent since the Ice Age at a rate that emphasizes only the broadest movements of peoples and ideas. Yet his survey is binocular: one eye has the rather distant vision of the evolutionary biologist, while the other eye--and his heart--belongs to the people of New Guinea, where he has done field work for more than 30 years.

Author(s): Jared Diamond
ISBN: 9780393317558
Publisher: W. W. Norton Company
Published: April 1999
Number of Pages: 496