thing about this book is that every chapter
is written in such a way that it stands on its own, without requiring the reader to skip to other parts of the book. Indeed, many of the chapters were originally article
s in various popular science
magazines. This is good if you want to come back to the book for reference
after reading it, but it can get annoying
if you read it straight through, as you read for the Nth
time about why some forms of grain
were more domesticable
than others. In fact, I ended up skimming over the final five chapters, in which Diamond's theories
are examined in real-world
examples, because they were almost entirely restatement
s of the book's central theses.
If you want a good laugh, and you want to exercise your bullshit detection muscles, look this book up on Amazon.com and wade through all the reviews given by irate racists whose worldview is belittled by this book.