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on 9 March 2017
Mr Diamond sets out to answer a local (New Guinea) politician s question, briefly why westerners have all the gear and his people had so little. The author establishes the cause of environmental opportunity and the effect of technological advancement. The earliest development is food production as opposed to hunting-gathering and everything seems to follow from that. He makes a very compelling argument and I think anyone finding the logic of determinacy too much, is probably nursing some kind of elitism. The scope of the opening chapters is mindboggling.
A narrower focus on each of the continents and type of development in turn gradually drives home the welcome message that bushman is as intelligent or more so than European but had less or different options in feeding himself/ herself due to ecological factors. It also incidentally answers many historical questions and opens areas of debate that are all too little visited - certainly outside academe. Heartily recommended.
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on 6 April 2017
A perspective changer. The most interesting book I've read in a long time.
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on 19 March 2017
Tends towards environmental determinism viewpoint but Diamond argues his case well
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on 15 March 2017
A fantastic book. Contains great research and insight into the development of human civilisation. Informs of the major factors influencing rate of progress.
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on 26 May 2017
too wordy, lose interest quickly, not an easy read but lots of information.
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on 31 July 2014
One of the most profound books I have ever read. Diamond intertwines human history with an intriguing narrative that kept my interest right to the end.
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on 18 June 2017
thoroughly enjoyed
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on 14 March 2017
one of the greater history books ..........
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on 13 March 2017
Fabulous. Well written, well argued. A must read.
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on 12 April 2017
Excellent book. Should be part of teaching curriculum.
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