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Jared Diamond - The World Until Yesterday (2nd Hand Paperback)

SKU B002338

Subtitled : What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies?

The No. 1 bestselling author of Collapse and Guns, Germs and Steel explores the profound lessons that traditional societies offer us today.

Over the past 500 years, the West achieved global dominance, but do Westerners necessarily have better ideas about how to raise children, care for the elderly, or simply live well?

In this epic journey into our past, Jared Diamond reveals that traditional societies around the world offer an extraordinary window into how our ancestors lived for the majority of human history - until virtually yesterday, in evolutionary terms.

Drawing on decades of his own fieldwork, Diamond explores how tribal people approach essential human problems, from health and diet to conflict resolution and language, and discovers they have much to teach us.

  • Format : Standard 2nd Hand Paperback
  • Condition : Very Good
  • Category : Non-Fiction - Law, Society & Social Sciences
  • Published : 2012 (This Edition 2013 - Penguin Books)
  • ISBN : 9780141024486
  • SKU : B002338
  • PPC : SP400gm
  • RRP : £8.99
  • Quantity Available : 1 only.
External Reviews

"An extraordinary book. Jared Diamond gives intelligent sensitive insights into lessons people have learnt and found ways to pass on over thousands of years." - Fishpond Review.

"Ambitious and erudite, drawing on Diamond's seemingly encyclopaedic knowledge of fields such as anthropology, sociology, linguistics, physiology, nutrition and evolutionary biology. Diamond is a Renaissance man, a serious scholar and an audacious generalist, with a gift for synthesizing data and theories." The Chicago Tribune.

"As always, Diamond manages to combine a daring breadth of scope, rigorous technical detail and personal anecdotes that are often quite moving." The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

"Diamond's investigation of a selection of traditional societies, and within them a selection of how they contend with various issues is leisurely but not complacent, informed but not claiming omniscience. A symphonic yet unromantic portrait of traditional societies and the often stirring lessons they offer." - Kirkus.

"In this fascinating book, Diamond brings fresh perspective to historic and contemporary ways of life with an eye toward those that are likely to enhance our future." - Booklist.

The Author

Jared Diamond is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the seminal million-copy-bestseller Guns, Germs, and Steel, which was named one of TIME's best non-fiction books of all time, and Collapse, a #1 international bestseller.

A professor of geography at UCLA and noted polymath, Diamond's work has been influential in the fields of anthropology, biology, ornithology, ecology and history, among others.