1. Guns Germs and Steel

    brian on 2005.07.16
    at 02:40 am

    If I make another PBS post, I may have to start a new category. I really enjoy watching PBS specials, but I get so hot and cold with it. It seems every other month they put on a bunch of shows I want to see… and then the next month it’s all British masterpiece mysteries… ugh.

    I tend to be more interested in their science, anthropology and nature shows. Some good travel and cooking shows, but I don’t TiVO those, just watch them if they’re on.

    Anyhow I enjoyed Jared Diamond’s Guns Germs and Steel. The first of the three episodes is showing this week. Here’s a snippet:

    Based on Jared Diamond’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book of the same name, Guns, Germs and Steel traces humanity’s journey over the last 13,000 years – from the dawn of farming at the end of the last Ice Age to the realities of life in the twenty-first century.

    Inspired by a question put to him on the island of Papua New Guinea more than thirty years ago, Diamond embarks on a world-wide quest to understand the roots of global inequality.

    • Why were Europeans the ones to conquer so much of our planet?
    • Why didn’t the Chinese, or the Inca, become masters of the globe instead?
    • Why did cities first evolve in the Middle East?
    • Why did farming never emerge in Australia?
    • And why are the tropics now the capital of global poverty?

    Go forth and view.

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    Comments (2)

    1. Michael Balter said on 2005.07.26 at 01:07 pm

      Guns, Germs and Steel

      I thought you might be interested in seeing my review of the PBS program in July 8 Science. You can access a text version on my Web site at:|Review_of_Guns_Germs_and_Steel.php

      all best, Michael Balter, Science

    2. Sean said on 2005.07.28 at 03:45 pm


      You might know this already, but Diamond’s got a new book out, called “Collapse”
      I just finished reading it, and it’s very good. Actually, Brian, it’d be right up your alley, because he spends a lot of time about actual working solutions to environmental destruction, rather than just unworkable rhetoric. I preferred Guns, Germs, and Steel myself, but that’s not a severe criticism, as it was one of my all-time favourite books. I hope the TV version can compare to it.

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