Guns, Germs and Steel
In his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Diamond poses this question: why was it that Eurasian peoples, rather than peoples of other continents, became the ones to develop the ingredients of power (guns, germs, and steel) and to expand around the world? In fascinating detail the book elucidates his answer: that it was due to accidents of geography and biogeography. The natural landscapes of Europe and Africa account for their very different trajectories. If you’ve ever wondered about why the world is as it is, this is the book for you.