494pp., illus., paperback, Reprint, London, (1997) 2017
Winner of won the Pulitzer Prize, the Rhône-Poulenc Science Book Prize.
Jared Diamond argues that geography and biogeography, not race, moulded the contrasting fates of Europeans, Asians, Native Americans, sub-Saharan Africans, and aboriginal Australians.
"The most absorbing account on offer of the emergence of a world divided between have and have-nots ... never before put together so coherently, with such a combination of expertise, charm and compassion." The Times
"A book of remarkable scope ... one of the most important and readable works on the human past" Nature
Jared Diamond is Professor of Geography at UCLA. He is the author of Collapse and The World Until Yesterday.