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If you haven't read Jared Diamond before don't start here
on 8 August 2014
Jared Diamond is a wonderful polymath - I think he originally trained as a zoologist and first went to New Guinea to study its birds. He is now professor of geography at UCLA and his writings cover anthropology, evolutionary biology, ethics, ecology and human history. By far his best book is 'Guns, Germs and Steel', is a history of the human race for the whole of our existence; it is arguably one of the most influential non-fiction books ever written - so start with that and if you like his work keep reading. He is now seventy-five and 'The World Until Yesterday' is a reflection and distillation of much of his professional life. The theme, as expressed in the subtitle, allows him to roam from diet and the rise of diabetes, to child-rearing and violence. It's all interesting stuff and while every individual reader will be interested in different stuff, I gurantee that there is something new and interesting for every reader. It's not his best book, but it's good. Personally I hope he keeps on thinking and writing for a long time to come.