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Why the West Rules--for Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future

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  • Posted August 11, 2011

    Ian Morris Explains It All

    And very clearly too. Not only does he answer the question in the title convincingly, he uses it as a springboard to show us, with clear and endlessly fascinating detail, a grand overview of human social and technological development. Wonderful hard core scholarship from a true expert written so the intelligent layman can understand. A damn fine read too!

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  • Posted October 11, 2013

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    A must read book

    To know where you are going you must know where you have been..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2013

    Best summary of world history ever bounded in one book. Ian Morr

    Best summary of world history ever bounded in one book. Ian Morris provides incredible insights into the future of the West and the East. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2011

    Fascinating!

    This is the perfect book to buy in NOOk format. I generally like the feel of books, and the convenience of being able to flip easily to wherever you want, but the hardcover for this was bulky, making it perfect for an ereader. The book itself is absolutely fascinating and extremely on-time. Seeing the recent rise of China, and the claims that the Chinese government has been making about being an ancient civilization, etc., one can't help but wonder how this civilization came to be less developed than the US and Europe. This book provides the answer, and the answer is neither racist nor fatalistic, nor great-man focused. Climate clearly plays a big part in the explanation, but more so as part of the interaction between constraints and challenges in the environment and people's ingenuity and ability to come up with new ways of solving problems. Extreme broadness aside, each chapter brings something new and different, making it a page-turner. I highly recommend it!

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  • Posted June 20, 2011

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    A detailed, formidable history of political, scientific and social forces

    This panoramic history is formidable reading about the comparative development of Western and Eastern civilizations. It catalogs significant archeological, scientific, and political events of 16,000 years of human history and several millennia in the life of the planet. Historian Ian Morris explains the forces that allowed Western civilization to overtake Eastern civilization and why this critical balance may now be tipping in favor of the East. This is high-quality academic scholarship: an interdisciplinary analysis, tying together esoteric facts and maps spanning geography, historical theories, paleontology, genetics, climatology, archeology and politics. Morris's book supports his detailed model comparing the development of Eastern and Western civilizations. His construct relies on recounting detailed history, analysis and comparisons. This can be challenging reading, albeit leavened by Morris's visible scholarship and entertaining style. You have to want to finish this book, but if you are a serious reader of history, getAbstract assures you that the effort has very substantial rewards - and if you are building up your ambitions, it also makes for fascinating skimming.

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  • Posted February 24, 2011

    fandamtastic reveal of east vs west

    The easter history we never studied in the West revals the equity of humanity. A history we need to know. Bob Levitt of Sarasota

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