Island of New Guinea

One of the settings throughout the book that the author has extensivly mentioned is the island of New Guinea. It is this location where Jared Diamond was working as a biologist studying bird evolution in July 1972. It was in New Guinea where Yali, a politician then playing a big role in the national independence, asked Diamond how and why Europeans and Americans managed to develop and bring to New Guinea many modern-day goods while their country was not able to take part in such production. It is through such major questions that Diamond is able to describe why some nations today are still struggling while others are flourshing.

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