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Guns, Germs And Steel
Guns, Germs And Steel | Jared Diamond
'A book of big questions, and big answers' Yuval Noah Harari, bestselling author of Sapiens WITH A NEW AFTERWORD FROM THE AUTHOR Why has human history unfolded so differently across the globe? In his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Jared Diamond puts the case that geography and biogeography, not race, moulded the contrasting fates of Europeans, Asians, Native Americans, sub-Saharan Africans, and aboriginal Australians. An ambitious synthesis of history, biology, ecology and linguistics, Guns, Germs and Steel remains a ground-breaking and humane work of popular science.
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Vivlio_Gnosi
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This may be the one #Nonfiction #historical book that I'm adding to my #TBR stack that I am most excited about. I've heard so many good things about it! A friend gave it to me because it was "too boring". Challenge Accepted!
#NFNov @rsteve388 @Clwojick #PulitzerPrize

juls29 I read this for history class in college and found it fascinating. Hope you enjoy it! (edited) 2mo
Vivlio_Gnosi Thanks, @juls29 ! I plan to. Do you remember how long it took you to finish? 2mo
juls29 @Vivlio_Gnosi we read it during the whole semester of a class. I didn‘t try to read ahead or anything. It‘s a fairly big book so I‘d say if I was reading it for fun it would take a couple weeks or so. 2mo
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AnneCecilie I loved this one. It made me see the world in a different light. 2mo
Vivlio_Gnosi I'm excited to get started. I may just jump this book next in line. 2mo
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LisaMorr
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No, not a surprise 😏!
“I may come as a surprise to learn that plant seeds can resist digestion by your gut and nonetheless germinate out of your feces. But any adventurous readers who are not too squeamish can make the test and prove if for themselves.”
No, not going to perform a test... 😝

Crazeedi Have had this on my shelf for a few years, I absolutely need to read!! 6mo
LisaMorr It‘s really interesting! 6mo
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JessNevertheless
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"Working" while reading ?. Intetesting theories presented so far!

Red.Reads This is in my TBR pile, I'm hoping it turns out to be as interesting as I've heard it is! 9mo
JessNevertheless @Red.Reads Update: I think I'm bailing on this book for now. If you have it in a hard copy that might be better but I feel like I've been listening to a reiteration of one interesting theory for hours now. Might be easier to distinguish if you could easily go back and reread? 9mo
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ghandigl

The annals of medicine are full of accounts of diseases that sound like no disease known today, but that once caused terrifying epidemics and then disappeared as mysteriously as they had come.

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Gezemice
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Why did Europeans spread all over the world, and not Polynesians or Aztecs? Because they had guns, germs and steel, which those other societies did not. But why did they have them? Jared Diamond traces the advantage back to early and wide adoption of food production, which in turn was based on environmental conditions, and not innate abilities. Fascinating, highly educational, well-researched, albeit occasionally too technical. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Gezemice This is a book that can change how you view the world. Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2689478043 12mo
GingerAntics This is a very popular summer reading books of AP World History. 12mo
Gezemice @GingerAntics I did not know that, but I could see why. I will never think of rich vs. poor countries the same way again. 12mo
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GingerAntics Right? I think it works well to change up the way students think. Admittedly, as the tutor I bought the book... then watched the documentary. Maybe I should read the book one of these days? 😂 (edited) 12mo
Gezemice @GingerAntics There is a documentary? And yes, you should. 😉 12mo
GingerAntics Yeah, it‘s in three episodes. I got it on iTunes. Good stuff. 12mo
Gezemice @GingerAntics Cool, I should look for it! Thanks! 12mo
GingerAntics The author hosts it or narrates it or whatever, so it‘s almost like if he were going to cover the book in three lectures, these would be it. 👍🏻 12mo
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Xanhe
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Pickpick

If you have ever questioned the nature and conditions that lead some cultures to thrive and others to fail, this is a great historical overview of why Europeans have come to dominate the latter part of these centuries.

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AnneCecilie
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#adventrecommends day 14 ( catching up)

A book that completely changed my worldview.

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KimM
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Pickpick

Some exhaustive research done here. I may or may not have used it to help me fall asleep at night 😂 Diamond presents some excellent theories of why one group of people thrive and another doesn‘t. Hint: nothing to do with IQ.

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"Much of human history has consisted of unequal conflicts between the haves and the have-nots."
- Jared Diamond, Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

#nonfiction #science #anthropology #history #quote #jareddiamond

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AyeshaAhsan
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Agriculture, the Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race

RaimeyGallant Mono-agriculture, yes. This is actually on my ereader, but I haven't finished it! 2y
RaimeyGallant And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 2y
Chelleo Hi and welcome 🤗 2y
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Eggs Welcome to Litsy 👋🏻🌸 2y
Jess7 Welcome to Litsy!! 2y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📚💕 2y
Bookspirit 😊👋Welcome to Litsy and Congrats on becoming a Litten👏☺ 2y
VenmariPasinos Welcome to the famiLitsy! 📚❤ 2y
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OrangeMooseReads
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I also stopped at Goodwill. Our store has few books, they are displayed on a library cart. I was excited to find the tagged book. I‘ve wanted to read it for a while and someone mentioned it recently here.

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I missed yesterday's #Aprilbookishmadness: A Must Read. I'm going with non-fiction on this one. I think Guns, Germs, and Steel is a must read. It talks about the evolution of human civilization and how geography played a big role in how different societis developed. It's fascinating!

Quasifesto I had the pleasure of attending a talk Jared Diamond gave a while back (2004?) Where he discussed GG&S and promoted Collapse. Very informative. PBS made a mini-series out of GG&S, too. 2y
jwashreads @Quasifesto I'm going to have to track down the miniseries--I would love that! It's thanks for the info! 2y
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AnneCecilie
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1. Tagged book. It made me see the differences between rich and less rich countries in a completely different way
2. I don't know. Leonardo da Vinci, maybe?
3. Don't know. Right now I can't think of any, but rest assured I've plenty 😊
4. Since I'm a day late, I'll tag anyone who wants to play along

Thanks for the tag @Cathythoughts

#Tuesdaytidbits a day late

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erincb82

Really dig this book, bringing back good memories of my college anthropology classes.

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Chrissyreadit
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Anyone else going to DC tomorrow with their teens? I am so excited by this younger generation!

LoverofLit I am excited by the younger generation too ❤ They're so full of love and change. I'm rooting for them! 2y
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dperipatetic
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Environment shapes humanity. Humanity shapes environment. Rinse. Repeat.
Everyone should read this book.

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Zaidpass
Guns, Germs and Steel | Diamond, Jared
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Extremely dense and often dry book. However, the learnings were fantastic. Took me many days to finish the book, but woild definetly recommend it for the knowledge

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abualden
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This book will change your perspective about why some countries is richer than the others.

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taning
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What shapes society. Helps make sense on why we do what we do. Strong on evolutionary psychology. A must read.

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Aleida
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Really looking forward to this one. Think it may be a five-star read

minkyb Oh my. I remember reading this with my daughter for a common read in middle school! Hunters and gatherers. 🙃 2y
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annalibris
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This audiobook is been my commuting companion for nearly a month now, and I can't believe I've never read it before. It was a little dry to begin with, but I got drawn into the narrative as it went along. Good scholarly stuff.

JoeStalksBeck I read the book! It's amazing! 2y
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Wannabe_Quijote
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Mehso-so

I had higher hopes about this book. Lots of interesting info - but dry and dense. #audiobook #history #science #LitsyAtoZ

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Wannabe_Quijote
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Historical science with a view. #montana #audiobook #science

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kingdomofbookss
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My #currentread! What's yours?✨

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks A quick read, The Diary by Eileen Goudge ❤️ 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @kingdomofbookss thank you!! You too 📚😘 3y
Sophoclessweetheart I'm rereading Assassins Apprentice by Robin Hobb 🙌 3y
CoffeeCatsBooks Great read! I'm reading The Bone Witch 📖 3y
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bookwrm526
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Here's my #shelfie for #Riotgrams! This is the neatest if the three shelves like this surrounding our TV. They all tend to get messy! My catrinas do not normally live on this shelf, but the cat was showing too much interest in them recently 😼

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Redwritinghood
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#5555giveaway Thank you @Booksandcooks for the giveaway. This is one of my favorite non-fiction books. I read it awhile ago and my son has borrowed it and is now reading it as well.

julesG This is really good. 3y
Megabooks This is one of my favorites too! My copy is falling apart 3y
kingdomofbookss I am currently reading this! 3y
Redwritinghood @kingdomofbookss I read it a long time ago. It's really good. Hope you enjoy! 3y
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echristopherclark
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The To-Be-Read stack has piled up this semester. I have all this, plus 7 more on my iPad. And that's just what I've bought. There's a whole other list that I want to read but don't own yet. Which would be fine if I read quicker than I do, and if I didn't end up feeling bad about how little I get read each year compared with other people. Then again, I spend so much time reading student stories each year that maybe I should give myself a break.

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CrowCAH
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#diamonds https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lWA2pjMjpBs #lyricalapril

A bit of a stretch, since none of my covers had women wearing diamonds. Plenty are wearing pearls, though. I chose to go with the author's last name of a book I had on hand. My younger sister's college textbook, but one I would like to read.

Laalaleighh I've read it. It gets really really boring about 1/2 way through. 3y
Cinfhen Clever choice ♦️♦️♦️ 3y
CrowCAH @Laalaleighh I'll keep that in mind when I start reading! 3y
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CrowCAH @Cinfhen thanks! I try to follow the photo challenge as intended, but I often stretch the interpretation lol Thanks for the fun audio photo challenge! 3y
RusskayaChica I saw a documentary based on this book. Interesting material! 3y
CrowCAH @RusskayaChica I agree, it does look interesting. And I think it covers the time period for my pirate novel, so I want to read it for research. 3y
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Kristelh
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From my TBR, not a diamond, but the author is Diamond. #diamonds, #lyricalApril.

Hooked_on_books I adore him 3y
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Cat_with_glasses
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A bit of history at the beach...because cats need holidays, too.

JanuarieTimewalker13 Wow!!! That beach is beautiful !!! 3y
Cat_with_glasses Thanks! That's in the Philippines. 😊 3y
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echristopherclark
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It's taking me forever to get through this, and as a book-monogamist that's frustrating me. I'm enjoying the read, but I'm a slow reader and parenting during the kids' winter break is eating away at my time (in the best way possible, of course). There are so many books in my To Read pile. So, so many.

BookishMarginalia You can do it. You can do it. 👍🏼 3y
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mariejoechahine
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Goodreads reading challenge of the year completed 2 months in advance 😁😁
Wanted to read more but some really big, dense books can take some time (I'm looking at you Guns, Germs and Steel...) and studying also comes in the way...
Hoping to reach 30 in 2017 😍
#GoodReads #Readingchallenge

Merethebookgal Great job! 3y
PurpleyPumpkin Yay, well done!🎉🎊🎉🎊 3y
TheCanuckReader I love that challenge. I did 24 last year, 50 this year and I'm trying for 100 in 2017...eek! 3y
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Bookish.Heart Congrats 😀 3y
Serotonin Ooo, JD Robb...i haven't read those in a long time 😆 I miss Eve and Roarke ❤ ❤ 3y
mariejoechahine @TheCanuckReader Wow 100! Hope i could ever reach that... Goodluck! 3y
mariejoechahine @Serotonin I love them 😍 I'm at book 32. I hope she'll keep writing them forever... 3y
TheCanuckReader And congrats 3y
Serotonin @mariejoechahine my roommate and I read them during the university years. I fell off of them during grass school because of studies. But my roommate, she still reads them. She and I are still waiting for the TV or movie version....someday. Hahaha 👍 3y
Serotonin @mariejoechahine Er, grad school not grass school 😆😆 3y
TrishB @Serotonin grass school sounded interesting 😊😊 3y
mariejoechahine @Serotonin I don't think a movie/tv version will ever happen, and i think even if it did i wouldnt watch it... I would be too scared of it ruining my favorite characters... 3y
Serotonin @TrishB hahaha!!! THAT would be interesting indeed 😂 3y
Serotonin @mariejoechahine I just wanna know who they would cast as Roark 3y
TheCanuckReader I figure if I can do 2 a week..maybe :) 3y
megt Well done!! 3y
LeahBergen 👏🏻👏🏻 3y
Cortg Great job! Congrats!!!🎉 3y
readinginthedark Nice work! 3y
James Nice, Congrats 🎊🎉🎈🍾 3y
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Jono
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What a bunch of trash. I get it. Materialism. Ugh. The belief that Culture is nothing more than a by-product of environmental factors is frustratingly dismissive of individuals and their ability to impact their society and change the course of history.

This book is an example of "new history" that is becoming so popular. It seeks to dismiss Great Man/Woman History and the pressures that come with it to perform and achieve. Ugh.

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jdtchicago
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It's striking that Native Americans evolved no devastating epidemic diseases to give to Europeans in return for the many devastating epidemic diseases that Indians received from the Old World.

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BookHermit
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Spotted in Captain Fantastic. Seems appropriate childhood reading. It's been on my TBR for years. I guess I prefer my cataclysms in fictional form.

Hooked_on_books I love Jared Diamond! 3y
the_hibernator I prefer the documentary for this one. 3y
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jdtchicago
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Not until the beginning of the 20th century did Europe's urban populations finally become self-sustaining: before then, constant immigration of healthy peasants from the countryside was necessary to make up for the constant deaths of city dwellers from crowd diseases.

Balibee146 This has been on my mental TBR for a while 3y
GeekGrl82 Reminds me of a passage at the beginning of The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson. 3y
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Hooked_on_books
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#augustphotochallenge day 15. Well, these are peachish, but as with others I see, it's as close as I could get. And I will read anything by Jared Diamond. He is amazing.

JoeStalksBeck This book is amazing! The documentary though had me in tears 3y
SusanInTiburon This book changed the way I see many things. 3y
Hooked_on_books @SusanInTiburon I feel that way every time I read one of his. I would love to see him speak! 3y
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AprilWhiteBooks
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Pickpick

A fascinating read!

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Surajjthakkar

Starting to read this now...excited 🙂

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