Guns, Germs and Steel, Collapse and The World Until Yesterday – Jared Diamond

Jared Diamond is one of my Geography heros, so when I realised he was speaking in Bristol, I had to go. You can watch Diamond’s lecture online if you missed it.

I loved Collapse and although some of his other books felt repetitive to me, I’m still a big fan. Several Diamond book are key reading on the People and Planet course and that’s a great thing imo. However, the World Until Yesterday hadn’t caught my imagination though. I’m very wary of idealising non-modern lifestyles and I felt a little that this book could be caught in that trap.

Diamond gave an interesting snapshot of his most recent book, but I wasn’t fully convinced. Perhaps that just means that I need to read the book. 🙂