by Jared Diamond

The bestselling author of Collapse and Guns, Germs and Steel surveys the history of human societies to answer the question: What can we learn from traditional societies that can make the world a better place for all of us?

“As he did in his Pulitzer Prize-winning Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond continues to make us think with his mesmerizing and absorbing new book.” Bookpage

Most of us take for granted the features of our modern society, from air travel and telecommunications to literacy and obesity. Yet for nearly all of its six million years of existence, human society had none of these things. 

Interview with the Author

New Books Network
Jared Diamond, “The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?”
4/25/13          22 min

Point of Inquiry
Jared Diamond – The World Until Yesterday
5/7/13          41 min


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