Book Review: Guns, Germs, and Steel

Guns, Germs, and SteelThe Fates of Human Societies
by Jared Diamond
Review by Brian Wright

1999, W.W. Norton, 457 pages

Yali’s Question: “Why is it you white people [Europeans] developed so much cargo and brought it to New Guinea, but we black people [native New Guineans] had little cargo of our own.”

Warning to the former field of Republican candidates for president, several of whom believe in Divine Creation: Jared Diamond‘s bestselling book on historical anthropology spends no time questioning the theory of evolution.  Indeed, as most scientists in his field(s)—Dr. Diamond is difficult to classify, but from my first reading his book, I’d call him a natural scientist with a prime interest in anthropological sociology—he simply assumes it and marches on his merry way.  Mike Huckleberry, eat your heart out! Continue reading