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  • Very highly recommended

    Have just re-read this after a gap of about a decade and it blew my mind once again! Reckon a shortened version of this (plus any updates & critiques) should be textbook reading in all high isn't perfect but IS very good, addresses so many of the questions one develops when growing up about why the international world is the way it is, and also challenges so many of the oversimplistic, facile-but-wrong (and usually inherently racist) explanations that one finds promulgated and widely accepted even now. Only complaint: would have loved to see a further-updated version incorporating newer technologies & more recently discovered archaeological support for Diamond's findings?... A bundled edition with update PLUS any major critiques of his thesis (if in fact there are any?) would have been even better! But the work as it stands is still amazing.

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  • Grow Rice, Share it and conquer the world.

    Basically If the population was in a Temperate Zone and stopped hunting - gathering and learned to grow Rice and have excess to feed Politicians , kings and armies you conquered the neighbours. Of course lots of exceptions to this and a bit of right time right place for technology, but thats it. Once these principles were explained in the first chapters and you think that all makes sense, then really I found the rest of the chapters a bit monotonous.

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  • good to know the facts

    This is a piece of art that sheds a the needed light on the many questions posed by many on why we are what we are and the world we live in now.

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