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Guns, Germs, and Steel The Fates of Human Societies

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ISBN-10: 0393317552

ISBN-13: 9780393317558

Edition: 1999

Authors: Jared Diamond

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List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/17/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

Jared Mason Diamond is a physiologist, ecologist, and the author of several popular science books. Born in Boston in 1937, Diamond earned his B.A. at Harvard and his Ph.D. from Cambridge. A distinguished teacher and researcher, Diamond is well-known for the columns he contributes to the widely read magazines Natural History and Discover. Diamond's book The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal was heralded for its accessibility and for its blending of science and social science. The interdisciplinary Guns, Germs and Steel--Diamond's examination of the relationship between scientific technology and economic disparity--won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize. Diamond has won a McArthur Foundation Fellowship in addition to several smaller awards for his science and writing.

Prologue: Yali's Question: The regionally differing courses of history
Up to the Starting Line: What happened on all the continents before 11,000 B.C.?
A Natural Experiment of History: How geography molded societies on Polynesian islands
Collision at Cajamarca: Why the Inca emperor Atahuallpa did not capture King Charles I of Spain
Farmer Power: The roots of guns, germs, and steel
History's Haves and Have-Nots: Geographic differences in the onset of food production
To Farm or Not to Farm: Causes of the spread of food production
How to Make an Almond: The unconscious development of ancient crops
Apples or Indians: Why did peoples of some regions fail to domesticate plants?
Zebras, Unhappy Marriages, and the Anna Karenina Principle: Why were most big wild mammal species never domesticated?
Spacious Skies and Tilted Axes: Why did food production spread at different rates on different continents?
Lethal Gift of Livestock: The evolution of germs
Blueprints and Borrowed Letters: The evolution of writing
Necessity's Mother: The evolution of technology
From Egalitarianism to Kleptocracy: The evolution of government and religion
Yali's People: The histories of Australia and New Guinea
How China became Chinese: The history of East Asia
Speedboat to Polynesia: The history of the Austronesian expansion
Hemispheres Colliding: The histories of Eurasia and the Americas compared
How Africa became Black: The history of Africa
Epilogue: The Future of Human History as a Science
Acknowledgments
Further Readings
Credits
Index