First published in the United States by W.W.Norton and Company, on March 1 1997,Guns, Germs and Steel was initially subtitled ‘The Fates of Human Societies.’ Within a few months, this subtitle had evolved into ‘A Short History of Everybody for the Last 13,000 Years.’
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction, the Rhone Poulenc Science Book Prize, along with three other international literary prizes, Guns, Germs and Steel has been translated into 25 languages and has sold millions of copies around the world.
“Guns, Germs, and Steel is an artful, informative, and delightful book, full of surprises… there is nothing like a radically new angle of vision for bringing out unsuspected dimensions of a subject, and that is what Jared Diamond has done.” – William H. McNeill,The New York Review of Books
“Diamond has written a book of remarkable scope . . . one of the most important and readable works on the human past published in recent years.”— Colin Renfrew, Nature
“The scope and explanatory power of this book are astounding.”— The New Yorker
“Serious, groundbreaking biological studies of human history only seem to come along once every generation or so. . . . Now [Guns, Germs and Steel] must be added to their select number. . . . No finer work of its kind has been published this year, or for many past.”— Martin Sieff, Washington Times
“An epochal work. Diamond has written a summary of human history that can be accounted, for the time being, as Darwinian in its authority.”— Thomas M. Disch, The New Leader
“Guns, Germs and Steel lays a foundation for understanding human history, which makes it fascinating in its own right. Because it brilliantly describes how chance advantages can lead to early success in a highly competitive environment, it also offers useful lessons for the business world and for people interested in why technologies succeed.”—Bill Gates