Guns, Germs, and Steel is an amazing book. When I first looked at it I told myself I would never be able to read it because it was so big, but I knew I had to. By the title I thought it was going to be about the Civil War. When I began reading Yali’s question I realized that it was about early civilizations and their advancements. When I started reading the book it was very boring and I didn’t know how I was going to finish it. As I got to around page 75 I began to understand the book and got interested in it. After page 100 I was glued to the book. It had so much information in it that I didn’t know and I wanted to keep on reading.
When I picked up this book I thought it was going to be about the Civil War because of the title. I thought this because during the Civil War there were advancements in guns, many germs were spread, and the steel industry took off around that time. When I told my dad about the title he said that it was about early civilizations and the inventions of guns and steel and the discovery of germs. I thought that maybe he was right, but I figured that I would find out by reading the book. While I was reading Yali's question I finally realized that it was about early civilizations and there advancements.
Yali's question was extremely interesting and very appropriate for the situation. Before I read the book I thought that New Guinea advanced at the same rate as Europe and other Middle Eastern countries. I did not realize that they had such basic ways of living when other people were more sophisticated than ever. His question brings up a very good point. Why did the white people have so much cargo and they had so little? I think the answer is the New Guineans had their ways of living that worked for them and they didn't need to be changed. The white people had to change their ways of living to fit their environments and also had to deal with the threat of other countries. New Guinea was a secluded island that... [continues]
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