In this "artful, informative, and delightful" (William H. McNeill, New York Review of Books) book, Jared Diamond convincingly argues that geographical and environmental factors shaped the modern world. Societies that had had a head start in food production advanced beyond the hunter-gatherer stage, and then developed religion --as well as nasty germs and potent weapons of war --and adventured on sea and land to conquer and decimate preliterate cultures.
Kick off the summer with a curated guide to the best summer reads. Anyone can browse a best seller list, but those lists don't help you decide if those are the right books for YOU. That's why I put out this guide every year. These are my hand-picked top reads for the season.