December 29, 2012 11:42 PM

Book review | Jared Diamond’s ‘The World Until Yesterday’ offers obvious lessons

In “The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies?” Jared Diamond takes half-a-century’s worth of study of peoples fundamentally unaffected by the outside world and places it under a somewhat trite news-you-can-use lens. The results are mixed, as Diamond has lots of great stories to tell but sometimes struggles to provide the sort of inspired analysis promised in his book’s subtitle.

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