Top positive review
best of the series
Reviewed in the United States on December 11, 2019
This is one of a series of books written by Diamond in which he addresses big-picture questions that were traditionally the concern of anthropologists. Contemporary cultural anthropologists in the U.S. have eschewed such questions, because they no longer believe in universal features of human nature or the biological bases of human behavior. Such questions are now being addressed by biological anthropologists and archaeologists. Diamond is neither, and so his presentations in this book lack some depth, and also side-step areas of "political incorrectness." But this book is a good compendium of classical hunter-gatherer studies, and it also illustrates how living hunter-gatherers are relentlessly being incorporated into a global network of trade and cultural influence.