Pulitzer Prize, Common Nonfiction, 1998Guns, Germs and Metal examines the rise of civilization and the problems its growth has raised all through historical past. Having carried out subject work in New Guinea for greater than 30 years, Jared Diamond presents the geographical and ecological elements which have formed the fashionable world. From the perspective of an evolutionary biologist, he highlights the broadest actions each literal and conceptual on each continent for the reason that Ice Age, and examines societal advances corresponding to writing, faith, authorities, and know-how. Diamond additionally dissects racial theories of world historical past, and the ensuing work—Weapons, Germs and Metal—is a serious contribution to our understanding the evolution of human societies.
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