Sunday, July 10, 2005

guns, germs, & steel pbs show?!

Looks like it's become a mini-series: Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel has hit PBS! Great book, if repetitive and a little too ambitious -- he has a great environmental/technology explanation of the differences in societal development between Europe and the Americas, but he's pretty weak when trying to tackle Asia vs. Europe, or a number of other situations talked about near the end of the book. But anyway, it's fantastic social science.

Wish I had a TV around... it would be nice if the show made it onto the web. For some time, I remember hearing that all of Commanding Heights was available for free on the web, but it looks like they've taken it down. We shall see.


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