I was recommended this book, Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fate of Human Societies by Jared Diamond, by Seth Godin in his post, end of the year book and audiobook roundup.
This book took forever to finish and I was listening to the audiobook which usually takes me about a week. It was equal parts fascinating and mind-numbingly boring. I’m not sure if it’s because of the book itself or the fact that I listened to the unabridged version. I’m not sure if many some of the boring parts were the narrator reading charts. I bought the book a few weeks ago so I’m going to have to skim through to find out.
Either way it’s worth the listen. Simply because the good greatly outweighs the bad. It deserved a Pulitzer. The book gives you the reasons why are civilization turned out the way it is today.
Have you ever thought about why Europeans exploded and colonized most the world? Why didn’t Native Americans, Africans, or Asians explore and colonize Europe? The book answers these questions.
In short it’s due to the reasons listed in the title: Guns, Germs, and Steel. Jared dives into each of these topics and how there evolution throughout the world determined our future.
It’s a fascinating book that produced a ton of questions about our world. I’ll be thinking about this book for years to come. This won’t be the last time I read it.