Summary

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel addresses not what separates us from traditional societies but what connects us, e.g., childcare and health. Drawing on his work with Pacific Islanders, as well as studies of Inuit, Amazonian Indian, Kalahari San, and other cultures, Diamond argues that traditional societies have much to teach, even if we do not accept all their practices. With a 12-city tour.


Diamond draws extensively from his decades of field work in the Pacific islands, as well as evidence from Inuit, Amazonian Indians, Kalahari San people, and others. Diamond finds that their solutions to universal human problems have much to teach the contemporary world. A provocative, enlightening, and entertaining book that will be essential and delightful reading.