This is because it takes an hour or so to listen to a single chapter during which time facts will be flung at you at an incredible rate, requiring you to pay full attention at all times or else you will miss the crutial point or miss the reasoning why the point is crutial, or miss the evidence that proves the point. Although geography had been nearly eliminated as an academic discipline in the United States after the 1960s, several geography-based historical theories were published in the 1990s. No How could the performance have been better? I think Bill Gates' quote on the back of the book sums it up perfectly: It's a great foundation for any study of world history. Europe and Asia had a huge landmass where there was constant and widespread competition. Scholars examined the impact of geography, climate, and land use. Instead, with these 12 fast-moving and crystal clear lectures, you can learn how to use a small handful of basic nuts-and-bolts principles to turn those same forces to your own advantage. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science.
Academic critics howled However, academic critics howled shortly after the publication of Guns, Germs, and Steel: They referred to supposed errors in geography and history, which I find largely pointless. Today, they lead to Beijing. A short history of the world. The first step towards civilization is the move from to rooted. Can't recommend this too highly for fans of non-fiction 18 of 19 people found this review helpful An excellent work slightly spoilt As a scientist myself I have always like Jarad Diamond as he opens up areas I have an non-professional interests. Eye opening and persuasive in so many ways, to the point where I ask myself why I wasn't taught this stuff in school, why it isn't common knowledge after secondary school how animal and plant domestication works, how the adoption of farming leads to developements in technology and germs etc.
Here is an author with an inquisitive mind. Bradford DeLong June 6, 2016. I first saw a documentary that is based on this book. He mentions the tropical diseases mainly that limited European penetration into Africa as an exception. His voice is monotone and devoid of meaningful inflections, and throaty, I keep waiting for him to clear his throat, it turns this in to a very dry listen. I have referred countless people to Guns, Germs and Steel as a step to looking at possible reasons why the world has shaken out to its current state. In 1998, Guns, Germs, and Steel won the for and the.
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies. I got it the 1st, 2nd and 3rd time. The book attempts to explain why and civilizations have survived and conquered others, while arguing against the idea that Eurasian is due to any form of Eurasian , , or. The produced a documentary of the same title based on the book that was broadcast on in July 2005. Sometimes, the level of detail he goes into becomes almost overwhelming. Threats posed by immediate neighbours ensured governments that suppressed economic and technological progress soon corrected their mistakes or were outcompeted relatively quickly, whilst the region's leading powers changed over time.
This, in turn, spelled the emergence of labor specialization and eventually the growth of empires as well as the appearance and spread of communicable diseases contracted from domesticated animals. It has been argued that hunting and gathering represents an , which may still be exploited, if necessary, when environmental change causes extreme food stress for agriculturalists. I wonder if I'd feel differently now, after reading lots of environmental history? Much of the repetition 2 of 3 people found this review helpful interesting, but lengthy Personally, I found this book to be very interesting. He also makes the intriguing argument that all large mammals that could be domesticated, have been. The most logical explanation I've ever encountered as to why some civilizations and peoples crumble in the wake of others. When asked simple questions about global trends - why the world's population is increasing; how many young women go to school; how many of us live in poverty - we systematically get the answers wrong. Diamond identifies six criteria including the animal being sufficiently docile, gregarious, willing to breed in captivity and having a social dominance hierarchy.
First, certain areas had plants better suited to domestication. We barely made it an hour before he asked me to pick something else to play, since the dull monotonous performance was actually making him tired at the wheel. If you download this you'll possibly move on to others of this type. The pace is good, never dwelling upon any one idea for too long, yet succinctly adding to your comprehension of the books thesis. The information is interesting, and though the author is perhaps a bit dry and academic in his delivery, it could have been presented much better by someone with a more engaging range of voice.
The book still provides some interesting insights into the factors which shaped different civilizations and their comparative development. People assume there is some innate biological difference that made Europeans smarter, more creative, or more resilient. Meanwhile, Chona had the technology to explore the world by ship, but their dictator at the time did not want to do so. The audible version though was an entirely different proposition. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. In other words, the entire system we live within — agriculture, capitalism, etc. Academics are unbearably dogmatic and dismissive of those who reject their pet theories.
From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas. . Homo Deus looked to the future. Europe and Asia had the best prospects, then Africa, then the Americas, then Australia. I think I got about 50% of what the author was saying just due to the dry expression of the narrator. Drawing from his wide-ranging knowledge of medicine, evolutionary biology, physiology, linguistics, and anthropology as well as geography, he surveyed the history of the past 13,000 years and identified plausible answers to the questions he had posed.