The Wealth and Poverty of Nations, by David Landes


Today we’re considering the book The Wealth and Poverty of Nations: Why Some Are So Rich, and Some So Poor, by David Landes. It was published by David Landes in 1998, and it has occupied a preeminent place on the bookshelves of scholars ever since. Landes boldly argued that historically unique cultural values of curiosity, novelty, and private property empowered European society to lead the modern world; a history that offers invaluable lessons for our own time.

Guns, Germs, and Steel, by Jared Diamond


Today we’re considering the book Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, by Jared Diamond.  It was published in 1997, it won the Pulitzer Prize for general non-fiction in 1998, along with the Aventis Prize for Best Science Book, and several other awards. It was a highly acclaimed book, and even though it’s now 20 years old it still offers unique insight on why the modern world looks the way it does.

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