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Guns, Germs, and Steel
The Fates of Human Societies
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Guns, Germs and Steel examines the rise of civilization and the issues its development has raised throughout history. Having done field work in New Guinea for more than...
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Guns, Germs and Steel examines the rise of civilization and the issues its development has raised throughout history. Having done field work in New Guinea for more than...
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  • Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Guns, Germs and Steel examines the rise of civilization and the issues its development has raised throughout history.

    Having done field work in New Guinea for more than 30 years, Jared Diamond presents the geographical and ecological factors that have shaped the modern world. From the viewpoint of an evolutionary biologist, he highlights the broadest movements both literal and conceptual on every continent since the Ice Age, and examines societal advances such as writing, religion, government, and technology. Diamond also dissects racial theories of global history, and the resulting work—Guns, Germs and Steel—is a major contribution to our understanding the evolution of human societies.

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  • Jared Diamond is a professor of geography at the University of California, Los Angeles. The recipient of numerous awards, he has published more than 200 articles in such prestigious magazines as Discover and Nature.
    Doug Ordunio is a professional singer and narrator. He has performed with the Duke Ellington Band, the New York City Opera, and the Greek Theater Opera. His narrating credits include Crashing Through by Robert Kurson; Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond; and How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci by Michael J. Gelb.

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  • AudioFile Magazine Why is it that you white people developed so much cargo and brought it to New Guinea, but we black people had little cargo of our own? That's the question that sparked this Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Many Westerners suspect they know the answer: "We're morally or genetically superior to those folks." Author Diamond thinks not. We had animals one could domesticate, latitudinal expanses that allowed us to steal each other's inventions and nasty germs. In other words: the dumb luck to be born on the right continent. Doug Ordunio reads the book as if he had written it, with the quiet passion of an erudite man. B.H.C. (c) AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine
  • AudioFile Magazine Grover Gardener does as well with scientific material as he does with more traditional literature, giving it spirit and vitality while sounding as interested in the information as readers will be. Although he doesn't pronounce "bonobo" (pigmy chimp) like the keepers in the zoo, nor "Tenochtitl‡n" like a Mexican, his technical pronunciation is otherwise flawless. The abridgment to one-third of the original does no serious damage, but only deprives readers the privilege of enjoying more of this Pulitzer Prize-winning book about the evolution of civilization. Few writers could ever take so complex a subject and render it as palatable and memorable as Professor Diamond. J.A.H. (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine

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