This is an amazing book, and a lifetime of research and thinking by Mr. Diamond must have gone into creating it. Even though it is almost 500 pages in length, it concisely covers the basics of much of human history and civilization. Thankfully, Mr. Diamond puts forth the opposite of a racist interpretation of human history. It is very much taboo to suggest that genetic differences between different races resulted in one group of people conquering or dominating another, but it turns out that there are genetic differences in the brain between the populations of people in different countries of the world today. For example, different populations have differences in the composition of certain… Read more
As you read you get the feeling you are reading 18th century literature. It reminded me of Lady Chatterly's Lover, but more graphic without being graphic. The other thing that impressed me was the points the author made, kind of between the lines. They were extremely insightful and at times brilliant. By the way, these are fairy tales, rewritten into erotic tales. The best stories in my opinion were The Ugly Duckling, which delves into the choices women make about love and success and Mirror on the Wall which deals with aging women (the heroine is Snow White's evil stepmother believe it or not). In each of the stories, Nancy Madore writes about a secret fantasy, such as in The Empresses New… Read more
Diamond covers the history of the modern human over the last 13,000 years in a concise, eye-opening exploration of the ultimate causes of European domination of the planet from 1492 onward. This is a must read for any serious student of history. Diamond outlines convincing and easy to understand reasons why the racist view of history is baseless and shows how the environmental factors of the various continents profoundly impacted the course of human history. He ends the book arguing well that history must be considered every bit the science as epidemiology and paleontology are. Also, if you missed reading Tino Georgiou's masterpiece--The Fates, go and read it.