Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by J. M. Diamond
Book of the Week 8
“Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies is a captivating book by an evolutionary biologist, trying to shed light on why certain civilizations fared better than others. The structure of the book has a scientific flavor about it, is explicitly biased towards geographical determinism, but far from providing peremptory arguments on the subject. The examples are thoroughly expanded with a lot of detailed information, inspired by diverse civilizations painted in different times. The reader clearly feels that the book is the result of in depth research. ” Lucian Isar
On YouTube there is a very nice series of 18 episodes inspired by Guns, Germs, and Steel. Episode 1 can be retrieved here.