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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (91,745 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jared Diamond Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this groundbreaking work, evolutionary biologist Jared Diamond stunningly dismantles racially based theories of human history by revealing the environmental factors actually responsible for history’s broadest patterns. It is a story that spans 13,000 years of human history, beginning when Stone Age hunter-gatherers constituted the entire human population.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

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  • Winner of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Mary Lee | 2/18/2014

    " After 3 chapters the book became repetitive. Yes, I got the book's theme (geographical determinism), thank you very much, just didn't find it original or surprising. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Scott Muck | 2/18/2014

    " This was probably my favorite view of history that I've read. Takes a unique look at how and why things turned out the way they did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Stacey | 2/18/2014

    " This was a great, intense book of how geography has helped shape human evolution and the diversity thereof. At times it can be rather dry & is overloaded with so much information, but it's still an amazing book. Jared thoroughly ties it altogether in the epilogue. Likewise for the prologue, Jared poses a question (why humans evolved the way they did which resulted in how some cultures obtained eventual dominance over other cultures via the avenues of guns, germs & steel) and explains how he will answer that question throughout the chapters in his book. The answer, short & sweet (what I got out of it) was: geography. Location matters. Oh, one more note- you have to believe in evolution for any of his research to hold any water. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Russ | 2/14/2014

    " This book seeks to answer a pretty interesting question: why did Eurasians develop civilizations capable of conquering the civilizations in the Americas, Africa, and Australia, and not the other way around? Were the people in Eurasia superior in some way, or were other factors at work? Diamond's answers, at least early in the book, really drew me in. But then he seemed to basically repeat the same conclusions in different ways for 200 more pages. This book is over 400 pages long and I feel like it could have been written in about half that length. It's still interesting overall, and his conclusions make sense, but it is a bit of a chore to read the whole thing. I'd recommend this for pretty serious readers of history, anthropology, and sociology, but not for casual "buffs" of those fields. "

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