Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond

The book is a comprehensive exploration of the different trajectories of human societies throughout history. It argues that environmental factors, rather than racial or cultural differences, are the primary reason why some societies developed more advanced technology and political systems. The author uses a multidisciplinary approach, drawing from fields such as geography, evolutionary biology, and linguistics, to support his thesis. The book covers a wide range of topics, including the domestication of plants and animals, the invention of writing, and the spread of diseases.

The 1110th greatest book of all time

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Total Points: 525

Since this book was first published in 1997, there is a penalty of 36.8%. The age adjusted score is 331.8.

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