What I wasn't ready for was a gallop through the history of man from our first bands of hunter gatherers wandering out of Africa to detailed explanations of why Eurasia was by its geography destined to be more successful than either the Americas and Africa. Jared Diamond just argued that the Inca empire was conquered because they were illiterate. Firearms were a much more deadly weapon than spears, and the steel weapons the Spanish had were absolutely no match for the simple wooden or stone weapons the Incas used. A little fragmentation is good. I mean, come on, hadn't he read about Julius Ceaser? Diamond, thinking like a scientist, saw the primary sources as the raw data. In the company of some extraordinary scientists, Bill Bryson reveals the world in a way most of us have never seen it before. And you do have a very good point.
We have provided millions of acres of land for what are called preservations—or reservations, I should say. There's no such thing as an economy demanding the less advantaged product, and if humans are entirely disadvantaged in the market, the futurists argue, then we're all screwed - see. The ambition of this book is immense, crisscrossing the globe, and human societies throughout history and prehistory. Yes a gun may be superior to a bow and arrow in some situations, but once you've fired a shot, the 20 other warriors I have with me will overwhelm you before you can fire again. There was no coordinated campaign of disinformation here.
The links are provided by this site's users or search engine. The Spanish didn't start reliably winning battles until after they acquired native allies. And even after that he was only able to fight Tlaxcala to a stalemate. I am still digesting what I've heard and I know I shall be back to listen to parts if not all of it again. He brings together so many disciplines to show macro trends, chaos theory, the power of germs in fashioning human history. Even people we often associate with acts of genius like the Wright Brothers and Thomas Edison actually built upon the work of predecessors and had capable people who followed them and advanced ideas.
Look, certain civilizations came to dominate based on a couple random, accidental, and nonracially based situations that combined to give the Eurasian people a slight advantage once these civilizations came into contact with each other. In Polynesia the part of the world that includes the Chatham Islands , there are thousands of islands, each with a different climate and elevation. Certainly not when Diamond's broader point is that the advantages some societies enjoyed in the colonial era weren't inherent in those societies, but were helped by environment. The siege of Lima really boiled down to a series of small-scale skirmishes that were predominantly native v. You mentioned that each chapter would require someone with expertise on it and you're already doing a lot of writing.
He knows that real change comes from the compound effect of hundreds of small decisions - doing two push-ups a day, waking up five minutes early or holding a single short phone call. The Columbian Exchange has always fascinated me. Horses should definitely be given their due. It's not a solid argument, and we all keep linking to it like it is. The book lends it selv, I would imagine, to revisiting individual chapters rather than listening to the whole thing from cover to cover in the course of a couple of weeks.
The most recent example of that attraction is combat veterans who come home to find themselves missing the incredibly intimate bonds of platoon life. But having recently listened to the book and rewatched all of his content concerning the book. It's just that some environments provide more starting materials and more favorable conditions for utilizing inventions than other environments. The Easter Islanders adapted to their environments. Furthermore, steel armor is more important than steel weapons. These shared myths led to collaboration and increased power.
Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Why didn't Atahuallpa instead try to conquer Spain? Having captured the king and slaughtered many Incas, Pizarro soon rose to control the entire kingdom. An abridged version might be more digestible. There is evidence of higher acquired immunity of smallpox. In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman at last offers his own, first book for the general public.
This is going to take a whole goddamn essay to dissect. In all, European-borne diseases might have killed as many of 95 percent of pre-Columbian Native Americans. He then goes through a description of Spanish and Indian armaments and explains how the Spanish armaments gave them a clear advantage. However, while Pizarro himself happened to be illiterate, he belonged to a literate tradition. This was not the experience I hoped for.