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Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
Jared Diamond - Guns, Germs and Steel
In this "artful, informative, and delightful" (William H. McNeill, New York Review of Books) book, Jared Diamond convincingly argues that geographical and environmental factors shaped the modern world. Societies that had had a head start in food production advanced beyond the hunter-gatherer stage, and then developed religion --as well as...

By: Jared Diamond
Topics: Geography, Historical geography, Human geography, Sociology and anthropology
Editions available for purchase: 6
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Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
Jared Diamond - Collapse
In Jared Diamond’s follow-up to the Pulitzer-Prize winning Guns, Germs and Steel, the author explores how climate change, the population explosion and political discord create the conditions for the collapse of civilization.

By: Jared Diamond
Topics: Development and environmental geography, Earth Sciences, Geography, Environment, Planning
Editions available for purchase: 5
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The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?
Jared Diamond - The World Until Yesterday
Most of us take for granted the features of our modern society, from air travel and telecommunications to literacy and obesity. Yet for nearly all of its six million years of existence, human society had none of these things. While the gulf that divides us from our primitive ancestors may...

By: Jared Diamond
Topics: Sociology and anthropology
Editions available for purchase: 5
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Why is Sex Fun? The Evolution of Human Sexuality
Jared Diamond - Why is Sex Fun?
To us humans the sex lives of many animals seem weird. In fact, by comparison with all the other animals, we are the ones with the weird sex lives. How did that come to be?Just count our bizarre ways. We are the only social species to insist on carrying out...

By: Jared Diamond
Topics: Human biology, Evolutionary anthropology, Sex and sexuality, social aspects
Editions available for purchase: 4
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Natural Experiments of History
Jared Diamond - Natural Experiments of History
In eight case studies by leading scholars in history, archaeology, business, economics, geography, and political science, the authors showcase the “natural experiment” or “comparative method”—well-known in any science concerned with the past—on the discipline of human history. That means, according to the editors, “comparing, preferably quantitatively and aided by statistical...

By: Jared Diamond
Editions available for purchase: 3