It's very easy to see why this book won a Pulitzer. Diamond asks the fundamental question that countless others have: Why did some cultures develop so much technology and others so little? But unlike most others who have asked, Diamond has investigated and come up with an answer. He readily dismantles arguments based on racism and suppression and gets to the heart of the matter, carefully guiding the reader along with well thought-out, fact-based explanations. There are plenty of analogies to help illustrate points and lots of personal anecdotes help maintain a human element, which is crucial. After all, the whole point of the book is to illuminate our human commonality. ~ Reviewed by Nate George
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