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 accomplished area work in New Guinea for greater than 30 years, Jared Diamond presents the geographical and ecological components 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 because the Ice Age, and examines societal advances corresponding to writing, faith, authorities, and expertise. Diamond additionally dissects racial theories of worldwide historical past, and the ensuing work—Weapons, Germs and Metal—is a significant contribution to our understanding the evolution of human societies.
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