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on March 5, 2011
I have read this book three times which should say something about what I think of it. I purchased it for my children and had them read it also. It is an amazing book written to answer a simple question; "How did European derived societies dominate others?" This book is the clearest repudiation of any racial basis for this than anything I have ever read. In painstaking detail and fascinating prose Diamond goes through issues such as climate and continental orientation that have influenced the way cultures can flourish. His synthesis of such a large number of scientific disciplines, the rigor of his arguments, and the fluidity of his prose are just riveting. I found it laughable that some readers complained of cultural bias in his arguments. Nothing could be further from the truth. His arguments specifically repudiate cultural biases and look at climate, animal life, plant species, and geographical features to describe the evolutions of cultures. Diamond ties in the role of disease in societies and how specialization aided by improved farming methods led to improvements in weaponry and cultural domination. He is not just blowing hot air. He supports his arguments methodically and convincingly with research results and not empty opinions.

This book is in the top 5 non-fiction books I have ever read and deserves all the accolades it has received.
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