Why this book?
Technology adoption is one of the central struggles for humankind.
For me, this Pulitzer Prize winner is the ultimate adoption story. It seeks to determine why history unfolded differently on different continents.
The book explains historical narratives beyond rote biological and racial differences. It delves into linguistics, epidemiology, agricultural sciences, and war. It’s one of the few books that doesn’t have a European-centric view of world history.
This book opened my eyes to technology adoption and how it has always played a role, maybe one of the central roles, in world history. The lessons it teaches help me to keep looking deeper for true motivations and determinants of success.
Guns, Germs, and Steel
Why should I read it?
9 authors picked Guns, Germs, and Steel as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.
What is this book about?
Why did Eurasians conquer, displace, or decimate Native Americans, Australians, and Africans, instead of the reverse? In this "artful, informative, and delightful" (William H. McNeill, New York Review of Books) book, a classic of our time, evolutionary biologist Jared Diamond dismantles racist theories of human history by revealing the environmental factors actually responsible for its broadest patterns.
The story begins 13,000 years ago, when Stone Age hunter-gatherers constituted the entire human population. Around that time, the developmental paths of human societies on different continents began to diverge greatly. Early domestication of wild plants and animals in the Fertile Crescent, China,…