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Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond
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Apr 21, 2012

it was amazing
Read from April 21 to May 19, 2012

This book is a useful corrective to the belief that some people have which says that the relative wealth and achievement of some cultures is down to the genetic superiority of those cultures. In fact, it’s an outgrowth of the mundane effects brought about by the latitudinal distribution of crop suitability for food production, which fosters the ability to create dense social and economic cultures that are capable of exploring other lands, and which also harbor germs that turn out to be more effective for geographic conquest than firearms and the size of an army.

Just a fascinating set of observations. I had to read it twice to get it.

My friend Jim Kleckner recommended this to me years ago and it sat on my “to-read” shelf for years. What was I waiting for? You shouldn't wait either.

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