Guns, Germs and Steel
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies (previously titled Guns, Germs and Steel: A Short History of Everybody for the Last 13,000 Years) is a 1997 transdisciplinary non-fiction book by Jared Diamond, professor of geography and physiology at the University of California, Los Angeles. The book attempts to explain the interaction of Old World and New World peoples in materialist terms, including by analyzing the conditions which allowe . The book has served to popularize a form of materialist historiography to a general audience, but its accuracy remains a controversial topic.
A documentary based on the book, produced by the US National Geographic Society, was broadcast on PBS in July 2005.