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Guns, Germs, And Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher W W Norton & Co Inc
Publication date July 1, 2005
Pages 512
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780393061314
ISBN-10 0393061310
Dimensions 1.50 by 7 by 9.50 in.
Weight 2.10 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock
Original list price $29.95
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Summaries and Reviews
Summary
The author 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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"Fascinating.... Lays a foundation for understanding human history."―Bill Gates

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Guns, Germs, and Steel is a brilliant work answering the question of why the peoples of certain continents succeeded in invading other continents and conquering or displacing their peoples. This edition includes a new chapter on Japan and all-new illustrations drawn from the television series. Until around 11,000 BC, all peoples were still Stone Age hunter/gatherers. At that point, a great divide occurred in the rates that human societies evolved. In Eurasia, parts of the Americas, and Africa, farming became the prevailing mode of existence when indigenous wild plants and animals were domesticated by prehistoric planters and herders. As Jared Diamond vividly reveals, the very people who gained a head start in producing food would collide with preliterate cultures, shaping the modern world through conquest, displacement, and genocide.The paths that lead from scattered centers of food to broad bands of settlement had a great deal to do with climate and geography. But how did differences in societies arise? Why weren't native Australians, Americans, or Africans the ones to colonize Europe? Diamond dismantles pernicious racial theories tracing societal differences to biological differences. He assembles convincing evidence linking germs to domestication of animals, germs that Eurasians then spread in epidemic proportions in their voyages of discovery. In its sweep, Guns, Germs and Steel encompasses the rise of agriculture, technology, writing, government, and religion, providing a unifying theory of human history as intriguing as the histories of dinosaurs and glaciers. 32 illustrations

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Hardcover
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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
Book cover for 9781879557543
 
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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