World until Yesterday

What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?

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World until Yesterday (2014, Penguin Books, Limited)

512 pages

English language

Published Nov. 3, 2014 by Penguin Books, Limited.


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2 stars

After being mightily impressed with Jared Diamond's book "Guns, Germs, and Steel", I am disappointed with this one. Some interesting information in here but doesn't feel like a cohesive book. His information about New Guinea is the most interesting. Some chapters were really difficult to get through as they were as dry as a Wikipedia page. A lot of what's in the book doesn't feel well researched, seems more like his thoughts and impressions. He probably should've written a book just about New Guinea life, and there's no way this book needed to be 400+ pages. I hope his book "Collapse" which is sitting on my bookshelf waiting to be read is more thrilling than this one.


  • Dani (new guinean people)
  • Social evolution
  • Social change
  • Papua new guinea, social life and customs