The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?

512 pages

English language

Published Oct. 28, 2012

ISBN:
9780670024810
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15766601

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The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies? is a 2012 popular science book by American intellectual Jared Diamond. It explores what people living in the Western world can learn from traditional societies, including differing approaches to conflict resolution, treatment of the elderly, childcare, the benefits of multilingualism and a lower salt intake.

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I was excited to learn how insight from traditional societies could inform our current lifestyles, but I was disappointed by this staid tome. Reading this is like sludging through mud. It seemed to pick up slightly towards the end, but all that Diamond seems to suggest from his lengthy discursion is that we eat less salt and practice restorative justice, or something.

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