Thoughts on “Guns, Germs, and Steel” by Jared Diamond

I enjoyed reading this too- interesting approach but I put it down having been distracted by some other tome. I think people who enjoyed this might be interested in the French historian, Fernand Braudel who also takes a broad approach to historical themes. Thanks for posting.

Stuff Jeff Reads

It is very rare for me to start reading a book and not finish it. I can forge on through thick, dense texts, as evidenced by the fact that I actually read Infinite Jest. But after getting through about a third of this book, I decided it was not worth my time and energy to continue. I estimate I can probably read two or three other more interesting texts in the time it would take me to finish this.

I was very enthusiastic at the onset of this book, since the topic sounded interesting to me, basically an historical analysis of how and why specific cultures became technologically advanced more rapidly than others, leading to subjugation and in too many cases annihilation of the less technologically advanced cultures.

We all know that history has proceeded very differently for peoples from different parts of the globe. In the 13,000 years…

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