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Guns, Germs, and Steel

Annotation
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.

Awards
1997  New York Times Notable Books of the Year
1998  Pulitzer Prize
1998  California Book Awards
1997  Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science
1998  Royal Society Prizes for Science Books (formerly Aventis Prizes for Science Books)

GenreNonFiction
Historical
TopicsAnthropology
Biology
Ecology
Technology
Archeology
Linguistics
Civilizations
Small pox
Diseases
Natives
SettingInternational