'Guns, Germs and Steel' by Jared Diamond

Bellevue (William O. Lockridge) Library

'Guns, Germs and Steel' by Jared Diamond

Guns, Germs and SteelCome along on an exploration with Jared Diamond and his distinctive environmental philosophies of human societal evolution.

In Guns, Germs, and Steel, Diamond, with an easily comprehensible style, lays out his theories associated with the age-old question of nature vs. nurture, and how he believes that geographical conditions such as food supply, equatorial proximity, weaponry and infectious disease were instrumental in the how and why of civilizations successes and failures. In its colourfully descriptive scenarios, Guns, Germs, and Steel seems to champion the reasoning of environmental determinism and possess unique ideas that challenge its opponents.

This is a must read for any seasoned evolution debater. While some may question the authenticity of some, or all of the concepts in the book, it is well worth noting the text as an informative read simply for the well spring of information that it provides.

Diamond's Pulitzer Prize-winning Guns Germs and Steel will set off a firestorm of challenging and introspective thought for the novice and experienced reader, while also painting a vivid picture of Diamond's views, and how these views according to him have made the world’s societal landscape as it is today.