This book answers the most obvious, the most important, yet the
most difficult question about human history: why history unfolded
so differently on different continents. Geography and biography,
not race, moulded the contrasting fates of Europeans, Asians,
Native Americans, sub-Saharan Africans, and aboriginal Australians.
An ambitious synthesis of history, biology, ecology and
linguistics, Guns, Germs and Steel is one of the most important and
humane works of popular science.