Guns, Germs and Steel

The Fates of Human Societies

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Explaining what William McNeill called The Rise of the West has become the central problem in the study of global history. In Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond presents the biologist's answer: geography, demography, and ecological happenstance. Diamond evenhandedly reviews human history on every continent since the Ice Age at a rate that emphasizes only the broadest movements of peoples and ideas. Yet his survey is binocular: one eye has the rather distant vision of the evolutionary biologist, while the other eye--and his heart--belongs to the people of New Guinea, where he... more

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Bill Gates CEO/MicrosoftFascinating.... Lays a foundation for understanding human history. (Source)

Charlie Munger Vice Chairman/Berkshire HathawayRecommends this book

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Simon Sinek AuthorI’m a fan of books that challenge our assumptions, and Diamond offers us a new and remarkably simple way of looking at our world. Learning to challenge existing assumptions is core to effective leadership for it trains us to keep an open mind. (Source)

Yuval Noah Harari HistorianA book of big questions, and big answers. The book turned me from a historian of medieval warfare into a student of humankind. (Source)

Daniel Ek A brilliant Pulitzer Prize-winning book about how the modern world was formed, analyzing how societies developed differently on different continents. (Source)

Joe Henrich The book is a masterpiece in terms of integrating a vast range of material from different disciplines. (Source)

John Kay He explains the interaction of geography and science with economic development…….It’s about understanding how the disparities of income and wealth which we have today have built up over millennia. (Source)

Mark Lynas Europe has a very wide East-West axis, which goes all the way to China, we happen to be on the same latitude so there have been all sorts of trade going on for thousands and thousands of years (Source)

Jesse Williams Helped rid me of the nagging incompleteness in my understood connection between the successes and failings of ancient and modern civilizations. (Source)

Bill Liao The human world occurs in language so best get good at it! (Source)

Ola Olusoga Guns, Germs, and Steel was also a good one. Most philosophy books also fit my "favorite" bucket. (Source)

Bogdan Iordache A slightly more complicated anthropology book which pleads the idea that the development of human society and domination of Eurasian societies was mostly determined by environmental factors (geographical, biological, etc.). It's an excellent written book and, while I don't necessarily agree with it, I find it to be very explanatory about how the humans have colonised Earth, the development of agriculture and the rise of the first societies. (Source)

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