World Until Yesterday, The
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History - Published: 29/Jan/2014 - ISBN: 9780141024486
Over the past 500 years, the West achieved global dominance, but do Westerners necessarily have better ideas about how to raise children, care for the elderly, or simply live well? In a sweeping journey around the globe, Jared Diamond explores how tribal people approach essential human problems, from health and diet to conflict resolution and language, and discovers they have much to teach us. These traditional societies offer an extraordinary window into how our ancestors lived for most of human history - until virtually yesterday, in evolutionary terms. 'Fascinating, thought-provoking, a broad sweep through all humanity . . . it left me riveted.' Daily Telegraph 'One of the most interesting and arresting writers of our age . . . The vast scope of his analysis, coupled with a lifetime's worth of personal insights, makes it fiercely persuasive.' Mail On Sunday 'The most considered, courageous and sensitive teller of the human story writing today . . . Essential reading.' Independent on Sunday 'One of the few people who have changed the way we see human nature and our history.' Independent Date- 2004-10-21
Jared Diamond is Professor of Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles. Until recently he was Professor of Physiology at the UCLA School of Medicine. He is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the widely acclaimed Guns, Germs, and Steel- the Fates of Human Societies, which also is the winner of Britain's 1998 Rhone-Poulenc Science Book Prize.
Jared Diamond was born in Boston to a physician father and a teacher/musician/linguist mother. After training in laboratory biological science he became Professor of Physiology at UCLA Medical School in 1966. However, while in his twenties, he also developed a parallel career in the ecology and evolution of New Guinea birds. That led him to explore some of the most remote parts of that great tropical island, and to rediscover New Guinea's long-lost golden-fronted bowerbird. In his fifties he gradually developed a third career in environmental history, becoming Professor of Geography and of Environmental Health Sciences at UCLA. Jared Diamond is famous for his prize-winning books The Third Chimpanzee and Why is Sex Fun?, and for revolutionizing the study of global human history with Guns, Germs and Steel. His awards include a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (a 'genius award') and the Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction, and he is the only two-time winner of the Science Book Pri
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