Guns, Germs, and Steel
By Jared Diamond
You don't really need me to say that this is a good book. After all, it won the Pulitzer Prize. It is an excellent read, though. Diamond takes on a very profound question--that is, why were some civilizations able to advance so much more rapidly than others?--and is able to provide a very simple, satisfying answer. The best part is that the book is very easy to read; just about anyone should be able to understand Diamond's argument. In fact, the only reason that it took me so long to finish this book is that I was heavily distracted by video games. In any case, I highly recommend this book to anyone with even a passing interest in history or anthropology.
Started: 4/12/2005 | Finished: 6/7/2005