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The Human Web by John Robert McNeill
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Dec 17, 11

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bookshelves: 2011, nonfiction, school-is-cool
Read from July 29 to September 10, 2011

The history of the entire human race in just over 300 pages. Dense and often slow but pretty interesting. I learned a lot about longstanding ecological connections between humanity and the planet: the domestication of wheat, goats, etc etc. It was good at drawing complex connections: alfalfa bacteria meant certain crops could be cultivated which could support certain types of horses which meant raiders could sweep into China from the steppes. Impressively done, alfalfa bacteria!

..... I know I had more to say but I finished this in September so WHO KNOWS what it was.
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08/02/2011 page 85
23.0% "This book just got me super excited about alfalfa bacteria. Wow."
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