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On the Opinion page of the New York Times, Jared Diamond corrects a misreading of his Pulitzer Prize-winning book Guns, Germs, and Steel:

 It is not true that my book “Guns, Germs and Steel,” as Mr. Romney described it in a speech in Jerusalem, “basically says the physical characteristics of the land account for the differences in the success of the people that live there. There is iron ore on the land and so forth.”
That is so different from what my book actually says that I have to doubt whether Mr. Romney read it. My focus was mostly on biological features, like plant and animal species, and among physical characteristics, the ones I mentioned were continents’ sizes and shapes and relative isolation. I said nothing about iron ore, which is so widespread that its distribution has had little effect on the different successes of different peoples.

[Continue reading on NYTimes.com]

wwnorton:

On the Opinion page of the New York Times, Jared Diamond corrects a misreading of his Pulitzer Prize-winning book Guns, Germs, and Steel:

 It is not true that my book “Guns, Germs and Steel,” as Mr. Romney described it in a speech in Jerusalem, “basically says the physical characteristics of the land account for the differences in the success of the people that live there. There is iron ore on the land and so forth.”

That is so different from what my book actually says that I have to doubt whether Mr. Romney read it. My focus was mostly on biological features, like plant and animal species, and among physical characteristics, the ones I mentioned were continents’ sizes and shapes and relative isolation. I said nothing about iron ore, which is so widespread that its distribution has had little effect on the different successes of different peoples.

[Continue reading on NYTimes.com]

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    News at 11: Mitt Romney misses the point entirely. I have some issues with Guns, Germs, and Steel (I think he...
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    This has been on my reading list for some time. The fact that Romney is using it incorrectly just moved it up twelve...
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    Get it, boy.
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    Anyone that actually read the book would know better than to misquote Diamond. Diamond is proudly authoratative and...
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    Interested in hearing more from Jared Diamond? He’ll be in Pittsburgh on 1/14/12!