Daniel Ek: "A brilliant Pulitzer Prize–winning book about how the modern world was formed, analyzing how societies developed differently on different continents.
I like how this is written from a biologist’s point of view rather than purely based on history or anthropology."
Joe Rogan: "Guns Germs and Steel is an amazing book."
Charlie Munger recommended 'Guns, Germs, and Steel' in his book Poor Charlie's Almanack.
Included on Jamie Dimon's list of favorite books he sent to JP Morgan summer interns in 2010.
Raoul Pal said 'Guns, Germs, and Steel' influenced his macro thinking on Twitter.
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Guns, Germs, and Steel is a brilliant work answering the question of why the peoples of certain continents succeeded in invading other continents and conquering or displacing their peoples.
Until around 11,000 BC, all peoples were still Stone Age hunter/gatherers. At that point, a great divide occurred in the rates that human societies evolved. In Eurasia, parts of the Americas, and Africa, farming became the prevailing mode of existence when indigenous wild plants and animals were domesticated by prehistoric planters and herders.
As Jared Diamond vividly reveals, the very people who gained a head start in producing food would collide with preliterate cultures, shaping the modern world through conquest, displacement, and genocide.The paths that lead from scattered centers of food to broad bands of settlement had a great deal to do with climate and geography.
But how did differences in societies arise? Why weren't native Australians, Americans, or Africans the ones to colonize Europe? Diamond dismantles pernicious racial theories tracing societal differences to biological differences.
He assembles convincing evidence linking germs to domestication of animals, germs that Eurasians then spread in epidemic proportions in their voyages of discovery. In its sweep, Guns, Germs and Steel encompasses the rise of agriculture, technology, writing, government, and religion, providing a unifying theory of human history as intriguing as the histories of dinosaurs and glaciers.