Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond is a 494-page softcover published by W. W. Norton & Company, 1999. The cover has a light crease along the outer edge. Inside, the pages are clean and unmarked the the binding is tight.
This book attempts to provide a short history of everybody for the last 13,000 years. The question motivating the book is: why did history unfold differently on different continents? In case this question immediately makes you shudder at the thought that you are about to read a racist treatise, you aren't: as you will see, the answers to the question don't involve human racial differences at all.ISBN: 0-393-31755-2