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30 November 2003 @ 09:51 pm
Books read last week  
"Guns, Germs and Steel: A Short History of Everybody for the Last 13,000 Years" by Jared Diamond (own, unfinished - I read non-fiction lots slower than fiction)
J: baby black catrethought on December 1st, 2003 10:09 pm (UTC)
hmm. I keep hearing about this book. Is it worth the time?

Margaretpling on December 2nd, 2003 11:10 am (UTC)
Yeah, I think it's well worth reading, it draws together a lot of evidence from subjects as diverse as ecology and linguistics to form a coherent concept of why Western Europe lucked out and got the guns, germs and steel necessary to colonise the rest of the world, rather than the other way round - and it's an easy read as the guy writes clearly and explains himself well.
Jrethought on December 2nd, 2003 12:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I'll grab that for the Christmas holidays, methinks.
The Flat Atom Societyghoti on December 2nd, 2003 05:13 am (UTC)
I just started that yesterday!
Margaretpling on December 2nd, 2003 11:11 am (UTC)
Cool :)

I've seen a lot of mentions of it recently - not just dryad_wombat reading it, but also popping up in reviews on Amazon for things other people have mentioned reading.