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Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
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Apr 08, 09

bookshelves: history, science, sociology
Read in April, 2009

The best science books have a strong thesis supported by convincing evidence, told in gripping prose. By that standard, Guns, Germs and Steel is one of the best science books I've ever read-- right up there with The Selfish Gene. Diamond's main argument is that geographic factors determine the fate of human civilizations-- which ones became rich, which stayed poor, and the circumstances of their collision. In illustrating it, he brings together fields as diverse as history, botany, linguistics, and physiology, just to name a few. One of the few science books that I couldn't wait to get home and finish-- and mind-changing in the best way possible.
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