Jared Diamond’s book, Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human of Human Societies, discusses different factors to explain why some nations progressed more than others. One of the significant strengths of the book is that it gives extremely factual information to back up its statements rather than simply blaming race for the downturns in some civilisations throughout history. Moreover, Diamond has also organised the format of the book very well since it unfolds layer by layer; Diamond has also mentioned how he opens his book similar to that of the opening of an onion. Adding a number of different maps and orther illustrations in the book really helps the reader get a grasp what Diamond actually wants to convey. However, one of the major weaknesses of the book is that it sometimes offers a bit too much detail on specific events. Such extereme details can distract the reader rather than help develop his focus. I would rate this book a 8.5/10 since the overall idea and sequence of events in the plot are very interesting and open my interest to many unexpected fields. 

 

"Fascinating ... Lays a foundation for understanding human history." - Bill Gates

 

"A book of remarkable scope, a history of the world in less than 500 pages which succeeds admirably, where so many others have failed, in analysing some of the basic workings of culture process ... One of the most important and readable works on the human past published in recent years." - Colin Renfrew, Nature

"Artful, informative, and delightful, ... There is nothing like a radically new angle of vision for bringing and unsuspected dimensions of a subject, and that is what Diamond has done." - William H. McNeill, New York Review of Books