Review of The World Until Yesterday

Worth a look:  In The Guardian, this critical but informative review of the new book The World Until Yesterday by Jared Diamond (Guns, Germs and Steel), written by Wade Davis (The Serpent and the Rainbow).  Davis presents an overview of anthropological thought as he looks at the successes and faults of Diamond’s work.  Spoiler alert: he writes, “A book of great promise reads as a compendium of the obvious, ethnology by anecdote.”

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2 thoughts on “Review of The World Until Yesterday

  1. Really, this is the tip of the iceberg. Anthropologists love to hate on Jared Diamond- maybe because he always gets referred to in these articles as an anthropologist, although as far as I can tell he has no training at all in the field. But more likely it’s because the days of sweeping statements have passed, and we’re uncomfortable with anything beyond the particular. I don’t think it’s sour grapes, as is often reported.

    Roundup of some of the many ways to hate Jared Diamond anthropologically here, among others: http://savageminds.org/2007/12/25/anthropologists-vs-jared-diamond-in-the-ny-times/

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