Part of a book review found in Book Review Digest Plus:
Diamond has written an entertaining and intriguing evolutionary history of the world. It deals with all of human history from the Neolithic or Agricultural Revolution to the present, from Western Europe to the Pacific Islands. It is decidedly not Eurocentric. As befits such a large canvas, time generally is measured in millennia and space in continents. The shorter time spans and restricted areas that most historians examine are used as examples, much in the way that we might use the comments and experiences of individuals to illustrate an analysis of national affairs.
Guns, Germs, and Steel is an interdisciplinary history, drawing on anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, and sociology — although, sadly, not economics. As Diamond's temporal reach extends beyond typical histories, so does his intellectual reach extend beyond most interdisciplinary histories. He summons geography and all forms of biology, from botany and zoology in the large to immunology and genetics in the small. He extends McNeill's thesis — first presented twenty years ago — that disease was a neglected factor in historical conflicts and that the interaction of agricultural peoples and their domestic animals was key to the etiology of many deadly diseases. The theme that ties these various approaches together is evolutionary theory.
Temin, Peter. "Guns, Germs, And Steel (Book Review) (Undetermined)." Journal Of Interdisciplinary History 28.(1998): 405-415. Book Review Digest Plus (H.W. Wilson). Web. 24 Feb. 2014
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