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Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
By Jared Diamond and Doug Ordunio (narrator)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Random House
Publication date June 7, 2011
Binding CD/Spoken Word
Edition Unabridged
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780307932426
ISBN-10 0307932427
Dimensions 1.50 by 5 by 6 in.
Weight 0.82 lbs.
Original list price $25.00
Other format details audio
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Why did Eurasians conquer, displace, or decimate Native Americans, Australians, and Africans, instead of the reverse? Evolutionary biologist Jared Diamond stunningly dismantles racially based theories of human history by revealing the environmental factors actually responsible for history’s broadest patterns.

The story begins 13,000 years ago, when Stone Age hunter-gatherers constituted the entire human population. Around that time, the paths of development of human societies on different continents began to diverge greatly. Early domestication of wild plants and animals in the Fertile Crescent, China, Mesoamerica, the Andes, and other areas gave peoples of those regions a head start. Only societies that advanced beyond the hunter-gatherer stage acquired a potential for developing writing, technology, government, and organized religions—as well as those nasty germs and potent weapons of war. It was those societies, that expanded to new homelands at the expense of other peoples. The most familiar examples involve the conquest of non-European peoples by Europeans in the last 500 years, beginning with voyages in search of precious metals and spices, and often leading to invasion of native lands and decimation of native inhabitants.

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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780393038910 Book cover for 9780393061314 Book cover for 9780393973860
 
from W W Norton & Co Inc (July 1, 2005)
9780393061314 | details & prices | 512 pages | 7.00 × 9.50 × 1.50 in. | 2.10 lbs | List price $29.95
About: The author dismantles racially based theories of human history by revealing the environmental factors he feels are responsible for history's broadest patterns.
from W W Norton & Co Inc (July 1, 1998); titled "Guns, Germs & Steel: The Fates of Human Societies"
9780393973860 | details & prices | List price $17.05
About: An intriguing study of the rise of civilization argues that human development is not based on race or ethnic differences but rather is linked to biological diversity, discussing the evolution of agriculture, technology, writing, political systems, and religious belief.
from W W Norton & Co Inc (March 1, 1997); titled "Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies"
9780393038910 | details & prices | 480 pages | 6.50 × 9.75 × 1.50 in. | 2.00 lbs | List price $29.95
About: The author dismantles racially based theories of human history by revealing the environmental factors he feels are responsible for history's broadest patterns
Paperback
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from W W Norton & Co Inc (April 1, 1999)
9780393317558 | details & prices | 480 pages | 6.00 × 9.50 × 1.25 in. | 1.25 lbs | List price $18.95
About: Dismantles racially based theories of human history by revealing the environmental factors he feels are responsible for history's broadest patterns
from W W Norton & Co Inc (April 1, 1999)
9789990060522 | details & prices | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.25 in. | 1.70 lbs | List price $0.02
CD/Spoken Word
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With Doug Ordunio (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Random House (June 7, 2011)
9780307932426 | details & prices | 5.00 × 6.00 × 1.50 in. | 0.82 lbs | List price $25.00
About: Why did Eurasians conquer, displace, or decimate Native Americans, Australians, and Africans, instead of the reverse?
With Grover Gardner (other contributor) | Abridged edition from Highbridge Co (July 11, 2001)
9781565115149 | details & prices | 5.50 × 5.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.80 lbs | List price $29.95
About: Dismantles racially based theories of human history by revealing the environmental factors responsible for history's broadest patterns.
Cassette/Spoken Word
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from Audio Scholar (August 1, 1998)
9781879557543 | details & prices | 4.50 × 7.00 × 1.25 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $24.95
About: 13,000 years of human history,beginning when stone-age gathers constituted the entire population.
Prebinding
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Reprint edition from Paw Prints (October 8, 2008)
9781439560495 | details & prices | 480 pages | List price $26.95
About: "Fascinating.
from Turtleback Books (October 1, 1999)
9780613181143 | details & prices | 6.25 × 9.50 × 1.50 in. | 1.75 lbs | List price $31.75
About: Dismantles racially based theories of human history by revealing the environmental factors he feels are responsible for history's broadest patterns

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