Jared Diamond’s “Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies” is a Pulitzer Prize winner and offers insights into how civilisations really came into being and how some civilisations thrived while others perished.

The central theme is that racial biology does not determine victors in history but a complex combination of geography, population density and agriculture.

Diamond, being a biologist himself, has a vast experience in fields of history, climatology, sociology, biology, agriculture etc. and while the book is not from an academic standpoint, his years of research make it worthy of accolades.

As a layman one would really enjoy his work. The book proves beyond a shadow of doubt that just because one has white skin, it doesn’t determine the development of the person and his peers as human beings, through countless examples.

Highly recommended for someone looking for an inventive analysis of society.

Credits: Visakan Veerasamy on Twitter

TO DO: Read Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond for insight into rise of civilisation.

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