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Tuesday, July 12, 2005

PBS: Guns, Germs, and Steel Documentary Series

Based on Jared Diamond's Pulitzer Prize-winning book of the same name, Guns, Germs and Steel traces humanity's journey over the last 13,000 years – from the dawn of farming at the end of the last Ice Age to the realities of life in the twenty-first century.

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 to understand the roots of global inequality.

1. Why were Europeans the ones to conquer so much of our planet?
2. Why didn't the Chinese, or the Inca, become masters of the globe instead?
3. Why did cities first evolve in the Middle East?
4. Why did farming never emerge in Australia?
5. And why are the tropics now the capital of global poverty?

Where to next?How did different crops spread and where were they most effective? Get the stories of crops with Wheat, Rice, Corn, Sorghum.Areas with domesticable animals thrived while those with less useful animals lagged behind. Get the story of animals with Cattle, Goats, Horses, Sheep, Pigs, Llamas, or Zebra. Why did some people survive outbreaks of germs and not others? Get the story of germs with Smallpox or Malaria. Why did some civilizations evolve faster than others? Get the story of technology with Steel or Writing. For some civilizations their location was the key to their success or downfall. Get the story of geography with Latitude and Climate, Shape of the Continents, or Cities and Civilizations.

Episode One: Out of Eden- Episode One: Transcript- Episode Two: Conquest- Episode Two: Transcript- Episode Three: Tropics- Episode Three: Transcript- Behind the Scenes- Credits- Pledge Now- Feedback- Tune In

CROPS- Wheat- Rice- Corn- Sorghum ANIMALS- Cattle- Goats- Sheep- Pigs- Llamas- Horse- ZebraGERMS- Smallpox- MalariaTECHNOLOGY- Steel- Writing GEOGRAPHY- Latitude and Climate- Shape of the Continents- Cities and Civilizations

This is my favorite non-fiction book of all time. f'ing great read. -preach



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