If you ever wondered why some areas of the globe developed things like "Guns, Germs, and Steel" while others remained hunter gatherers, read this book. It's not about race, it's about....well, if I told you, you wouldn't read the book. The ramifications of this history lesson are being felt today.
Excellent book that has an interesting take and analysis on the history of the evolution of human civilization, from prehistory to present. After stating his thesis, Diamond goes on to apply it to case studies such as: China, Africa and the Americas pre-Columbus.
An interesting read - a good, broad overview of human history. Diamond proposes sweeping theories for the disparities between the haves and have-nots throughout human history, and supports his claims with a refreshing blend of anthropology, biology, and geography.