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Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond is on sale at Amazon for $2.99.

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"Fascinating.... Lays a foundation for understanding human history."—Bill Gates


In this "artful, informative, and delightful" (William H. McNeill, New York Review of Books) book, Jared Diamond convincingly argues that geographical and environmental factors shaped the modern world. Societies that had had a head start in food production advanced beyond the hunter-gatherer stage, and then developed religion --as well as nasty germs and potent weapons of war --and adventured on sea and land to conquer and decimate preliterate cultures. A major advance in our understanding of human societies, Guns, Germs, and Steel chronicles the way that the modern world came to be and stunningly dismantles racially based theories of human history. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science, the Rhone-Poulenc Prize, and the Commonwealth club of California's Gold Medal.
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I listened to the audiobook of the abridged version. I would highly recommend the abridged version.

As an aside, I find the title somewhat misleading. I remember the book mostly being about agriculture and animal husbandry and how they relate to geography. I don't recall the discussion of guns, germs, and steel playing nearly as large a role.
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FWIW, Dr Diamond hosts a 3-part (3 hour) miniseries that covers almost everything in the book, at least a bit. Free on Amazon for the past several years. I enjoyed both, but have time constraints...
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It isn't well liked by the history community. Some of his ideas are quite the stretch.

It is an interesting read, but take it with a grain of salt.
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This is a huge book. I never actually finished it, but was very impressed by what I did read. I am thinking about getting the kindle version just to make it easier to get back into it.
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I listened to the audiobook of the abridged version. I would highly recommend the abridged version.

As an aside, I find the title somewhat misleading. I remember the book mostly being about agriculture and animal husbandry and how they relate to geography. I don't recall the discussion of guns, germs, and steel playing nearly as large a role.
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Finished it. Its amazing. Very text-book'y at times but its OK to learn. One of the best books that I not only really liked, but also really learned.
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Nice! I got 75% Kindle credit back. Paid with no rush shipping credit, so only 75 cent credit usage net. Excellent!
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Great book. Very provocative ideas and makes for an excellent murder weapon, should the need arise. Whoops, that would be for the rather thick book edition.
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I thought this was a tough boring read. It had some interesting points but tended to go on and on at times. I enjoyed Sapians more, but if you're into this kind of thing, then this is a must read.

Maybe I should have gone for the abridged version like someone mentioned above!
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FWIW, Dr Diamond hosts a 3-part (3 hour) miniseries that covers almost everything in the book, at least a bit. Free on Amazon for the past several years. I enjoyed both, but have time constraints...
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One of the best books !!
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Now I can Marie Kondo the paperback and keep it digitally forever.
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Great book! Despite the super weird comments about it here.
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Whats the current consensus on this book? It seemed to be a very highly regarded work while I was in school 10 years ago but recently I hear it being criticized a lot in the academic community.
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This book is decent.

It's one of the Thick Tome type books that could be summarized into something much more plain and tacit.

I won't drop spoilers here but. Honestly, the biggest revelation to draw from this book may be to go vegan, so, hahaha be ready to think about it..
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