Monday, November 9, 2020

Review of Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond

This review is written by Eugene Kernes

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Genre = History

Elaborate Description

Wonderful book of history about the environmental disparities that caused either the formation of complex societies or kept simple and how those initial endowments permeate to effect the development of the world today. This book discusses how food production led to some societies to develop technology, resistance to germs, and government while other societies to remain or return to being hunter and gatherers. Some drawbacks in the book is the difficulty reading some parts of the book due to names and characterizations of some subject matter. The difficulty digesting the writing comes mostly from the nature of the writing, not necessarily the author's writing. Parts of the book are extremely laden with technicalities that are best left to an appendix, which the author did not use. The technical part seem to take away the actual meaning the author is trying too articulate. This book provides the fundamental's of how societies came to be.

Book Details

Edition ISBN:  9780393317558
Pages to read:   432
Publication:     2003
1st Edition:      1997
Format:            Paperback

Ratings out of 5:
Readability    4
Content          5
Overall           4