If you're intrigued by the ideas and arguments raised by
Jared Diamond's National Geographic series, Guns, Germs and Steel,
your first port of call should be Professor Diamond's Pulitzer Priz-
winning book of the same name.
In that volume, you'll find a comprehensive further reading list,
detailing Professor Diamond's own research including the books and
journals which inspired and informed Diamond.
Other notable resources are listed below.
By Jared Diamond
Guns, Germs and Steel
The Rise and Fall of the Third Chimpanzee
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
Other Notable Books
1421: The Year China Discovered America, Gavin Menzies
African History in Documents: Central and Southern African History, ed. Robert O. Collins
Africans: The History of a Continent, John Iliffe
After the Ice, Steven Mithen
American Holocaust, David Stannard
Bid the Sickness Cease, Oliver Ransford
Born to Die, Noble David Cook
Cape to Cairo, Mark Strage
Conquerors: The Roots of New World Horsemanship, Deb Bennett
Conquistadors, Michael Wood
Imperial Spain, J.H. Elliott
King Leopold's Ghost, Adam Hochschild
Scourge: The Once and Future Threat of Smallpox; Jonathan Tucker
The Archeology of Animals, Simon Davis
The Civilizations of Africa, Christopher Ehret
The Conquest of the Incas, John Hemming
The Domestication of Plants in the Old World, Daniel Zohary and Maria Hopf
The Emergence of Agriculture, Bruce Smith
The Incas, Terence N. D'Altroy
The Lever of Riches, Joel Mokyr
The Scramble for Africa, Thomas Pakenham
The Wealth and Poverty of Nations, David Landes
Throwim Way Leg: Tree-Kangaroos, Possums and Penis Gourds, Tim Flannery
Village on the Euphrates, Legge, Hillman and Moore
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The archaeological site of Dhra', Jordan is a Pre-Pottery Neolithic
A period community in the Near East. This site contains information
about the excavations and applications for those interested in visiting.
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Hureyra Online Resources
Data recovered from the archaeological excavation of the early village
of Abu Hureyra, the village founded by the first known farmers in
A not for profit site that aims to depict South African History
in a non-partisan color-blind manner. Includes resources such as
links to government web sites, news articles and journals.
Web site detailing the history of this area including its addition to the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Health Organization/ UNICEF – Malaria in Africa Report
Joint report by the World Health Organization and UNICEF on the spread of malaria in Africa and the measures being taken to combat this epidemic. Download the PDF here or get country profiles.
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Learn the lingo used in Guns, Germs and Steel
go to the glossary.