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hmurchison
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Jared Diamonds "Guns Germs and Steel"
I've put off reading this book but I need to start. It's about how cultures take advantage of natural resources. How germs and warfare serve to dictate who rises to power and survives.

Far too often we look at how things are and assume that some people are there because they are smarter when in fact access to resources plays a huge part in anyone's success.

I'll put my comments in here after I'm done. I expect big things...it's a Pulitzer Prize winning book
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I must have missed this post last week.

I have not read this book and have not heard about it. But it does sound like an interesting piece.


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Far too often we look at how things are and assume that some people are there because they are smarter when in fact access to resources plays a huge part in anyone's success.


True, true. Just look at the US. We just happen to be in a part of the world where climate extremes arent that bad and I think that has helped us build resources over the years.
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Yes it's important for us to teach or children that while Mother Africa is a lovely place it was devoid of some bare essentials that were needed to develop a large sedentary environment. Everything from metal deposits to beast of burden for farming must be taking into account.

I haven't gotten deep into the book but it's certainly fascinating.
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