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Guns Germs and Steel The Fate of Human Societies

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ISBN-10: 0393061310

ISBN-13: 9780393061314

Edition: 2005 (Revised)

Authors: Jared Diamond

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With a new chapter. The phenomenal bestsellerover 1.5 million copies soldis 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…    
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/17/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 528
Size: 6.40" wide x 9.60" long x 1.60" tall
Weight: 2.090
Language: English

Jared Diamond has been the national baseball writer for the Wall Street Journal since 2017. Prior to that, he spent a season as the Journal's Yankees beat writer and three seasons as their Mets beat writer. In his current role, he leads the newspaper's baseball coverage. This is his first book.

Prologue : Yali's question
From Eden to Cajamarca
Up to the starting line
A natural experiment of history
Collision at Cajamarca
The rise and spread of food production
Farmer power
History's haves and have-nots
To farm or not to farm
How to make an almond
Apples or Indians
Zebras, unhappy marriages, and the Anna Karenina principle
Spacious skies and tilted axes
From food to guns, germs, and steel
Lethal gift of livestock
Blueprints and borrowed letters
Necessity's mother
From egalitarianism to kleptocracy
Around the world in five chapters
Yali's people
How China became Chinese
Speedboat to Polynesia
Hemispheres colliding
How Africa became black
Epilogue : the future of human history as a science
Who are the Japanese?
2003 afterword : guns, germs, and steel today