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Plainsboro Library Book Club

 

Book Club Selection: Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
A two-part book discussion held in September and October.

Wednesday September 10, 2014 (Part 1 and 2)
Wednesday October 8, 2014 (Part 3 and 4)
Time: 7:00 to 8:15pm

Location: 2nd Floor—History Room

Copies of the book are available for borrowing. Please inquire at the Reference Desk.

In this "artful, informative, and delightful" (William H. McNeill, New York Review of Books) book, Jared Diamond convincingly argues that geographical and environmental factors shaped the modern world. Societies that had had a head start in food production advanced beyond the hunter-gatherer stage, and then developed religion --as well as nasty germs and potent weapons of war --and adventured on sea and land to conquer and decimate preliterate cultures. A major advance in our understanding of human societies, Guns, Germs, and Steel chronicles the way that the modern world came to be and stunningly dismantles racially based theories of human history. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science, the Rhone-Poulenc Prize, and the Commonwealth club of California's Gold Medal.

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Meets every second Wednesday of the month at 7pm in the History Room.