Guns, Germs and Steel, by Jared Diamond

In which the author sets out to explain why (among other things) Europe colonised Africa rather than the other way round.

This was quite a long book, and there were a lot of useful nuggets of information in there. For example:

If I had to criticise, then I thought perhaps he tended to over-labour the point on certain things. Also, it felt as if he was trying not to offend anyone - emphasising that it is likely to be differences in environment, rather than racial distinctions, which lead to one group of people gaining superiority over another. Not that I disagree with him, but it sometimes came across as a bit deliberately uncontroversial.

Completed : 18-Aug-2003

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