Kevan's Reviews > Why the West Rules—for Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future

Why the West Rules—for Now by Ian Morris
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Sep 16, 2011

really liked it
Read in September, 2011

A very interesting book in the tradition of, say, Jared Diamond's Guns Germs and Steel. It's broader in scope that GGS which has pros and cons. Morris asks and answers interesting questions that Diamond doesn't touch on. However, he simply doesn't have time, even 700 pages to go into any detail about specifics.

Niall Ferguson's cover quote might be a bit over the top - "The nearest thing to a unified field theory of history we are ever likely to get" but definitely worth a read if you're into ideas about history's big trends.
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