Guns Germs and SteelBy Jared DiamondOverview
Based on Jared Diamond's Pulitzer Prize-winningbook of the same name,
Guns, Germs and Steel
traces humanity's journey over the last 13,000years – from the dawn of farming at the end of thelast Ice Age to the realities of life in the twenty-firstcentury.
Inspired by a question put to him on the island of Papua New Guinea more than thirty years ago,Diamond embarks on a world-wide quest tounderstand the roots of global inequality.
Why were Europeans the ones to conquer so much of our planet?
Why didn't the Chinese, or the Inca, become masters of the globe instead?
Why did cities first evolve in the Middle East?
Why did farming never emerge in Australia?
And why are the tropics now the capital of global poverty?As he peeled back the layers of history to uncover fundamental, environmental factors shaping thedestiny of humanity, Diamond found both his theoriesand his own endurance tested.The three one-hour programs were filmed across four continents on High Definition digital video, andcombinied ambitious dramatic reconstruction withmoving documentary footage and computer animation.They also include contributions from Diamond himself and a wealth of international historians, archeologists and scientists.
Guns, Germs, and Steel
is a thrilling ride through the elemental forces whichhave shaped our world – and which continue to shape our future.An Inca processionWomen farming inPapua New Guinea